Video: A portrait of the artist as a young elephant

posted at 4:55 pm on March 29, 2008 by Allahpundit

It can’t be real.

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Must be a female pachyderm. She seems to have eliminated quite a few pounds from that self portrait.

IrishEi on March 29, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Hillary Clinton taught it that.

Cicero43 on March 29, 2008 at 5:03 PM

I cannot draw as well as an elephant. What does that say about me?

CrimsonFisted on March 29, 2008 at 5:04 PM

That was a lot of training with a thousand charges of cattle prod batteries. The rubes love it though and yes you can purchase them.

BL@KBIRD on March 29, 2008 at 5:08 PM

COOL! I love elephants. I’m certain it is real. Elephants are smart and their trunks are highly dexterous. Great video!

ThackerAgency on March 29, 2008 at 5:09 PM

Stupid pet tricks.

Chakra Hammer on March 29, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Exoticworldgifts.com?

blankminde on March 29, 2008 at 5:19 PM

They claim it’s real. There are a few floral paintings on sale right now for $475ish.

Beagle on March 29, 2008 at 5:24 PM

Let’s see a Donkey do that.

knat on March 29, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Worst. Elephant. Painting. Ever.

Cuffy Meigs on March 29, 2008 at 5:29 PM

They claim it’s real. There are a few floral paintings on sale right now for $475ish.

Beagle on March 29, 2008 at 5:24 PM

I had sceptically thought it must have been trained behavior, but that’s remarkable. Bios there describe 3 different elephants. I’m quite impressed.

Spirit of 1776 on March 29, 2008 at 5:30 PM

nice, wish i could draw as well :)

trailortrash on March 29, 2008 at 5:34 PM

Towards the end of the video a man walks by with the drawings from another elephant. You can clearly see it is filled with flowers all identical to the one this elephant paints at the end. It is clearly a learned behavior.

My bet is they train the elephants stroke by stroke. If you think about it, it’s only about a dozen strokes in total. The impressive part is really just that the elephants can be trained to such precision, lining up the strokes so accurately.

But I’m sure that the elephants have no idea what they’re doing, other than earning some peanuts.

Nessuno on March 29, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Below is a link to a fabulous organization which attempts to rescue, rehabilitate, and return to the wild orphaned baby elephants (and rhino’s). These babies are significantly traumatized because most have seen their mothers killed by poachers or die by some other cause, and elephants are extremely social animals.

There was a cable show on recently called “Elephant Diaries” which showcased the work of this organization (Sheldrick Trust) . You can look around on the page I’ve linked for the “How to Donate Page”.

http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/orphans.asp

May God Bless these magnificent creatures.

aquaviva on March 29, 2008 at 5:40 PM

But I’m sure that the elephants have no idea what they’re doing, other than earning some peanuts.

There’s no way you could possibly be sure.

Pachydermophobe!

Beagle on March 29, 2008 at 5:41 PM

Ehem…you can’t see the elephant during the whole time it is supposed to be painting.

Baphomet on March 29, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Japanese animatronic painting elephant/Submissive.

Cuffy Meigs on March 29, 2008 at 5:45 PM

That’s it, I’m throwing out all my paint-by-numbers sets.

Kini on March 29, 2008 at 5:53 PM

Not fake. For sale in fact.

Here’s the page with the floral paintings:
475 American(?) dollars.

Beagle on March 29, 2008 at 5:55 PM

If you search “elephant paintings” you’ll quickly realize it’s a growth industry.

Beagle on March 29, 2008 at 5:56 PM

I would have liked to see a far shot of this. Close ups could be sock puppets, a bit further back a stuffed animal.

StuLongIsland on March 29, 2008 at 6:07 PM

How very cool.
My husband says he saw an Animal Planet show on this several years ago. A sort of video diary of one particular elephant’s progress from blobs to beauty.

shibumiglass on March 29, 2008 at 6:24 PM

That is way cool, I knew elephants were smart but dang!

conservnut on March 29, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Every thing is bitten in half in paintings by sharks.

BL@KBIRD on March 29, 2008 at 6:45 PM

that is an elephant suit and there is a guy…no…two guys inside

Ropera on March 29, 2008 at 6:49 PM

I swear I will never beat up another elephant ever again!

FierceGuppy on March 29, 2008 at 6:53 PM

Sure, it can paint, but lets see it get Windows Vista to work right.

Cicero43 on March 29, 2008 at 7:04 PM

See also:
http://www.maesaelephantcamp.com/

hoosiermama on March 29, 2008 at 7:06 PM

He forgot to sign it!

richardcamera on March 29, 2008 at 7:13 PM

But, the elephant’s attempt at a hippo portrait lacked depth and nuance.

Rhinoboy on March 29, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Must be a female pachyderm. She seems to have eliminated quite a few pounds from that self portrait.

IrishEi on March 29, 2008 at 5:01 PM

excellent!

windansea on March 29, 2008 at 7:56 PM

The elephant can paint better flowers than I can.

I read that humans and elephants are the only creatures that recognize and respond to the bones of their own kind, they’re remarkably intelligent.

Capitana on March 29, 2008 at 8:35 PM

That’s awesome! Thanks for posting that, AP. I wish I could get a license to hunt elephant poachers.

FloatingRock on March 29, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Oh I believe it.

Same as I believe that somebody saw Jesus’ face on a potato.

Or same as I believe that Britney Spears wears panties.

Indy Conservative on March 29, 2008 at 8:59 PM

Just be careful, some of the elephant paintings are real, some are fake. If it looks just too good to actually be from an elephant, it often is faked.

firepilot on March 29, 2008 at 9:00 PM

Let’s see a Donkey do that.

knat

Hahaha

ookete on March 29, 2008 at 9:27 PM

Sure, it can paint, but lets see it get Windows Vista to work right.

Cicero43 on March 29, 2008 at 7:04 PM

No one can do that.

imshocked on March 29, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Do you think they are tortured to do this? I can’t bear to think of them being toruured.

Glynn on March 29, 2008 at 10:07 PM

Sorry, should be tortured.

Glynn on March 29, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Sorry, should be tortured.

What?!?!?! The elephants should be tortured?

Dear Lord, what is this world coming to?

:)

Splashman on March 29, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Was this elephant water-boarded? It has turned into a wimpy artist.

SouthernGent on March 29, 2008 at 11:37 PM

That’s nothing. I can do a much better painting than that for $425. I can use more colors too. I’ve even mastered the technique of ‘perspective’. Let’s seem ‘em do perspective. Then I’ll be impressed.

AUINSC on March 29, 2008 at 11:43 PM

Better than most modern art.

p40tiger on March 30, 2008 at 1:11 AM

That was Al Gore in an elepbant suit. C’mon y’all.

Travis1 on March 30, 2008 at 1:12 AM

There is something different about shooting an animal versus shooting a human.

Shooting humans is so much easier.

winemkr on March 30, 2008 at 2:16 AM

Simple miracle but the flower and leaves the elephant painted is an Hibiscus and it is the flower of Ganesh!

I believe!

Monas on March 30, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Impressive.

Now let’s train some apes and pigs to paint pictures of the prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban.

Canadian Infidel on March 30, 2008 at 10:10 AM

My wife has been to Thailand and seen this in person. The elephants are not mistreated at the place she went to. They also play soccer and do other various tricks.

Snidely Whiplash on March 30, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Wait a minute – 50 posts and we haven’t heard from the Know Nothings – what gives?

corona on March 30, 2008 at 11:15 AM

What a fascinating insight into the internal life and imagination of a sensitive and remarkable creature. I am changed. To me that painting is an expression of a profoundly happy consciousness. I almost wish I was an elephant. But hey, who doesn’t? Wish I was an elephant that is.

ronsfi on March 30, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Impressive.

Now let’s train some apes and pigs to paint pictures of the prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban.

Canadian Infidel

LOL! Great idea!

Livefreeordie on March 31, 2008 at 12:43 AM

elephants are dope :D

drift on March 31, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Another link:

http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/53264/

Dude! Elephant music!

spmat on March 31, 2008 at 11:12 AM