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This will blow your mind.

animal learning behaviour at its best. check this out http://www.wimp.com/insaneskill/

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I love this! I saw the video a while back and did some reading on the habitat. If I recall correctly, I think it is in Thailand. It is amazing to see! They have several elephants that paint, but none were quite as detailed and exacting as this one.
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yeah Kimberley apparently it is the female matriarchs that show the most memory abilities. Simply amazing.

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its real!

My husband didn't believe it so he had me check out snopes. It is real!

Wow!

I didn't just get havanese, I got a lifestyle!
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I am truly impressed! I can't wait to show my hubby.
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My husband didn't believe it so he had me check out snopes. It is real!

Wow!
That's funny...snopes was the first place I went when I saw it a few months ago too.

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I'm currently reading the book "Modoc" which is the true, and inspirational story of the elephant we Yanks called "Jumbo." It is amazing.

I have to say I love Havanese...but the elephant is truly my "sacred" animal. This looks like something I might want to support, looks like a lovely place. Christmas gift?! www.exoticworldgifts.com
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Dave, I posted about Paya (the elephant in the video) back in April. (I knew I had read about him and posted elsewhere, but wasn't sure it was here.

Here is the topic I posted: Painting Pachyderm . And yes, the conservation is in Thailand.

Here is the bio on Paya, which is suprisingly, a male:
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Paya was born in 2002. He can be a bit sullen at times, but does very much enjoy his time at the easel. Paya will often swing a leg, dance, and smile when he is painting. Having just started one year ago, it is astonishing how quickly Paya has excelled at creating figural works.

Paya has developed his own slow concise style of art making. More drawing than painting, he specializes in creating elephant heads. Paya is very slow and deliberate when working, but this can be expected as he creates the astonishing compositions that he does. With exacting control, Paya draws one slow deliberate line at a time. To see it is breathtaking, as the subject of Paya’s focus slowly takes shape before your eyes.
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This particular elephant's name is Paya. He is the only one that can do a self-portrait. The other elephants haven't mastered painting their own likeness.

It is said that the elephants can paint their pieces in approximately 10 minutes with quite a bit of gusto and seem to enjoy it. The only thing they cannot do is to pick up their own paintbrushes so they have to be handed to them. When the elephant is done with one color, they drop their brush. Interesting!

Here is a link to a video of what appears to be a younger elephant being guided by a trainer: http://www.elephantart.com/catalog/images/Sequence3.mov

If you view the gallery, you can see that none of the other artwork is nearly as detailed as Paya's: http://www.elephantart.com/catalog/default.php
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Please check out the Elephant Sanctuary at www.elephants.com. They are a wonderful organization that re-homes elephants from zoos and circuses. Our "Bunny" from the Evansville, IN zoo has found a wonderful life there. Kinda like Havanese Rescue for elephants. If you are are making Christmas donations, please remember them.

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We had an elephant at the zoo here that liked to paint, but I think she just scribbled. I never saw her. She died from pregnancy complications several years ago.
That video is pretty incredible.

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