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I thought this four year old elephant playing the harmonica was just the cutest:

(if you can’t see the video, click here)

This video, via Arbroath, was taken in a little village on Phuket Island, Thailand. After doing a little research, I learned that Thai elephants are naturally interested in music, and have been trained to play harmonicas, drums, pipes, and oversized electronic keyboards.

There’s even an elephant orchestra that has released 2 CDs, with a third on the way. Dave Soldier and Richard Lair collaborated with the Thai Elephant Conservatory to train a group of 6 elephants (later expanded to 12) to play various elephant instruments:
(if you can’t see the video, click here)

The elephants sound far better on the CD than the video. Listen to more tracks from the Thai Elephant Orchestra at Amazon. Some are surprisingly good, particularly for a herd of elephants. This one was my favorite.

3 Responses to “Harmonicas and Musical Elephants”

  1. on 06 Mar 2007 at 1:02 pm Clarence

    In Phuket, there are actually yellow road signs bearing the picture of an elephant (ie, Elephant Crossing), in the same way that American roads have yellow signs with kiddies on them (Child Crossing). Insanity!

  2. on 06 Mar 2007 at 7:40 pm Alex

    Elephant are one of the smartest animals. It easy to train them.

  3. on 13 Jun 2007 at 8:53 am amo » Animal Videos

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