Sunday, March 30, 2008

Painting elephants

This is absolutely amazing. Does it change the way you think about animals and humans? Knowing that we are not the only species who can see the world, and paint it? There are massive implications from this, I think. ( Hat tip u75)

I so want this to be real, not a clever trick.


Blogger Oswaldtwistle said...

Remember Tuesday's date, Rachel!!

March 30, 2008 5:59 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...


March 30, 2008 8:25 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...


March 30, 2008 8:25 pm  
Blogger aka Cate said...

That, is, amazing.

I couldn't get over how deliberate and intentional the strokes were at first, but the finished product was incredible.

I'm going to hug my dog specially when I get home this afternoon!!

March 31, 2008 12:13 am  
Blogger Calamity Jane said...

Did you see the David Attenborough thing last night? Those heffalumps are amazing cameramen, err cameraelephants.

March 31, 2008 12:38 pm  
Blogger Calamity Jane said...

PS - I don't think the video is fake. Awesome. Humbling.

March 31, 2008 12:48 pm  
Blogger Tina - omme i London aka teeweewonders said...

It looks like it really is real:
Amazing, I'd love to own one of those paintings and to actually go to see it being painted. I love the way people casually stroll by, as if a painting elephant is the most ordinary thing in the world!

March 31, 2008 2:46 pm  
Blogger missy said...

This is truly a gift for us humans.I love the colors the elephants use, and to know that we aren't the only species to enjoy the colors of life

April 02, 2008 10:33 pm  
Blogger DAVE BONES said...

this isn't a joke. Some cats paint. But they are more expressionistic than this elephant.

April 03, 2008 12:14 pm  
Blogger J said...

I was fascinated by this when I first saw it, too. It's real, I think, but I'm pretty sure the elephants are taught to paint these pictures, that they aren't painting freely. Not that that diminishes it, because elephants are extremely intelligent, but I guess I'd rather see them paint freehand. I wonder how they're trained.

April 03, 2008 7:43 pm  
Blogger DAVE BONES said...

Here is another cat painting freehand. You should set your cat to work.

April 04, 2008 10:34 am  
Blogger said...

Thank you for your interest in our ORIGIAL Elephant Painting video. We spent four days and three nights at that elephant camp and have a lot more information on our website

National Geographic flew us back to Thailand in July to do a follow-up.

November 07, 2008 9:12 pm  

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