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Old 04-11-2008, 02:33 AM   #1
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is this elephant for real???

You gotta check this out.
(hopefully someone hasn't already posted this...I did a search, but came up with nothing)
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: is this elephant for real???

uh, no.
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Old 04-11-2008, 09:40 AM   #3
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Re: is this elephant for real???

Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project
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Old 04-12-2008, 12:05 AM   #4
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So I take it that is a yes?
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So I take it that is a yes?
I imagine so. I had my same doubts as you when I first saw this video, but who knows.
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I imagine so. I had my same doubts as you when I first saw this video, but who knows.
I find it amazing, and I know we as humans like to think we are the only truely intelligent beings on this planet, but I am certain animals have a lot of intelligence.
I'd like to see this with my own eyes...I just find it fascinating, and if it is doctored, someone did a good job.
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Old 04-12-2008, 01:00 AM   #7
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Re: is this elephant for real???

Well typing painting elephant into google yields our answer.

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Elephant Painting

The video is real but the elephant has been trained to reproduce this specific image. He doesn't understand what he's drawing and can't draw other things. This is evidence of superior training more than intelligence .

Well I agree with you Jsarno that certain animals our more intelligent than we realize, dolphins for example, I think the ability to create and appreciate art is as uniquely human as it gets.
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:30 PM   #8
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Re: is this elephant for real???

My dad work's for the company that owns Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey, and we get free tickets, and in the beginning of each show they get an elephant to paint, or draw something, they aren't that bad. So I wouldn't doubt it if it were real.
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Re: is this elephant for real???

you guys ever see a one eared elephant?
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:44 PM   #10
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Re: is this elephant for real???

I actually saw it on the Animal Planet. I doubt the channel would have aired a segment about that project if it was a hoax.
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I saw this on TV a year or so back. They help the elephant here and there to get it to use different colors and things. From what I gathered and from what they said the elephant does not really have artistic ability but does know how brush paint on a canvas. The more they helped the better the paintings so while it is true that the elephants paints that about all it really is about.
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My dad work's for the company that owns Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey, and we get free tickets, and in the beginning of each show they get an elephant to paint, or draw something, they aren't that bad. So I wouldn't doubt it if it were real.
I'll have to admitt that when I was younger we would go to the circus RB & BB. I have sense decide that in todays world this is an out dated and cruel to the animals. If they would remove the animals and just do the tricks and stuff I love to take my daughter. I hunt and fish so I'm not one of those PETA types but I do back them in this situation.
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I'll have to admitt that when I was younger we would go to the circus RB & BB. I have sense decide that in todays world this is an out dated and cruel to the animals. If they would remove the animals and just do the tricks and stuff I love to take my daughter. I hunt and fish so I'm not one of those PETA types but I do back them in this situation.
You know what happens to the elephants that retire? They don't kill them, they put them on this like 100-150 acre farm kinda place int Florida, and take care of them until they pass away.
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You know what happens to the elephants that retire? They don't kill them, they put them on this like 100-150 acre farm kinda place int Florida, and take care of them until they pass away.
Yea right sure they do........ That's just what your Dad told you so you would fall asleep as a kid.


Nineteen elephants—three of them babies—have died at the hands of Ringling Bros. over the last decade alone.


Watch this and you get the real story. PETA TV:Circus Elephants
Circuses.com: Ringling Employees Tell of Bloody Beatings, Routine Abuse
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Re: is this elephant for real???

Back on topic, that elephant has mad skills with a paint brush! It's really amazing when you think about it. I saw the same thing on TV a while back so I'm pretty sure it's legit.
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