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Old 09-21-2008, 05:16 PM
 
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I just came across this video of an actual Elephant painting an Elephant on canvas with the paintbrush in his trunk. Talk about an intelligent an artistic animal. If you've never seen this before your gonna trip out as i did. If you turn your sound on you can hear the people in the background tripping out as he's painting away creating an Elephant holding the paintbrush in his trunk.


YouTube - ORIGINAL Elephant Painting
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Old 09-21-2008, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Wow,that's one smart elephant!
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:04 AM
 
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I thought it was pretty cool myself
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:44 PM
 
Location: west coast
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Tusk, tusk. This topic is of mammoth importance. I bought a canvas like this on the Ivory Coast for peanuts--keep it in my trunk. But actually, it's irrelevant, trying to pull the wool over City Data's eyes and I really don't want to turn this post into a circus.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:12 AM
 
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Elephant stories break my heart.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:31 AM
 
Location: In my playhouse.
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Wow,that's one smart elephant!
I agree! That is one smart elephant!
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:01 PM
 
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Yeap it'd be one thing if he just held the brush with his trunk and painted back n forth and made squiggly lines but to create another Elephant is definately awesome to see .
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Old 09-24-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine FL
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Not so sure this is such a good thing. There seems to be quite a controversy about the "training" techniques to get the elephants to paint. From the little bit of research I have done via google, there are elephant sanctuaries where elephants just get to live out there days, and others where, like this one, they are taught to paint in order to help sustain the animal park.

They are beautiful and intelligent creatures. I just hope that there is no "negative" training involved.
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