Think about how much humans and animals are alike sometimes. I’m not talking about looks – the closest similarity is the primates, and that’s about it.
Animals continue to amaze and inspire us through their mental prowess for things that we usually see only in humans. Things like emotions, empathy, creativity, and so on. Most surprising is that creatures understand and participate in something we consider to be arts and culture.
Take this as an example. An English musician named Paul Barton pulled a piano to the middle of the elephant sanctuary, then started playing classical music for Lam Duan, a blind elephant.
The female elephant’s reaction? A beautiful human one. She started swinging from side to side, swaying her trunk, and even walked around like dancing to the music.
Barton reveals that Lam Duan, a 62-year-old elephant, has been blind for most of her life. The gentle female elephant spends his days at an animal protection organization, ElephantsWorld, based in Wang Dong, Thailand. After that, he continued to play some soothing classical music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Erik Satie, and Franz Schubert.
What’s even more compelling to this story is the idea of this kind pianist giving his talents and time to those who are blind and cannot enjoy the beauty of sight but may enjoy everything you can get with sound. It’s like reading a book to the blind by music.
Barton got the idea of doing this one day on the River Kwai Bridge while recording a video for his channel. This elephant sanctuary takes care of wounded, old, street, and disabled elephants. Because he loves elephants, he went down there and asked if he could play the piano to the elephant herd. They don’t object to that.
Believe it or not, Lam Duan is not the only elephant to enjoy this gift. A herd of elephants came and listened to Barton’s performance. They even sang! Yes, they sang to the best of their ability. There was even a video of him playing Saiyok, a traditional Thai flute, to an elephant named Plara.
In an interview with Coconuts Bangkok, Barton revealed that most elephants react to music. They quickly started moving as soon as the music started playing.
Some came closer to the piano and started stroking it with the trunks, while others kept them in their mouths and listened. The others, like Lam Duan, swayed from side to side. They became curious when the sound of the instrument reached their ears.
Here is the full video:
The elephants enjoy Barton’s performances so much. Some even try to sing.