Awe-Struck…

So, yesterday, I was visiting blogs and came across this video that razorberries posted in hers.  I thought I’d borrow it and share it on mine because it just left me in emotional conflict.  I’m not sure whether I should be excited about the talent, happy because the artist is enjoying himself (which I’m not sure we can be SURE of), sad because the artist is on display, or amazed because it opens your eyes. 

 I am TOTALLY an animal lover and I completely feel that animals experience emotions and that they have more intelligence than we sometimes give them credit for.  THIS video is astounding…and YES – the artist IS an elephant.  He IS PAINTING, and he’s very CAREFULLY painting!  The attention to detail, the care in his brush strokes, and the movement to manipulate the brush and paint literally leave me astounded.  WATCH:

Just so you know, per youtube, this elephant was rescued from abusive treatment in Burma, and ExoticWorldGifts.com supports him and other, “Starving Elephant Artisans” by selling their paintings so they can continue to have a new life in Thailand.  The Asian Elephant Conservation Project also has a web site where you can learn more about their non-profit organization that is dedicated to saving the diminishing number of Asian elephants through its work with domesticated elephants. The AEACP raises funds through donations and the sale of artwork created by elephants in order to fulfill its mission. That makes me feel happier about the whole thing.  Your thoughts?

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