Elephant Painting

I watched this video of an elephant painting a “self portrait“. It's really quite something — if you don't have patience, skip to the end to see the image.

That said, not that elephants aren't incredibly intelligent and self-aware animals, but this is actually a remarkable feat of animal training, not of independent artistic impression (I'm reminded of a book I greatly enjoyed, Why Cats Paint)… I watched some other videos and all the elephants repeatedly create the same paintings. Impressive, but not quite as exciting.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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