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WATCH: Elephant's Painting of Herself and Friend Sells For Rs 4 Lakh in Thailand

By: Buzz Staff

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Last Updated: July 07, 2021, 18:37 IST

Image Credits: YouTube/Elephant Art Online

Image Credits: YouTube/Elephant Art Online

The sold painting shows a landscape with a silhouette of Nong Thanwa and her friend Dumbo.

Thailand is the hub for Elephant tourism where more than 70000 elephants are held in captivity and have the responsibility to entertain tourists by performing multiple tricks. Elephants are considered smart and intelligent, hence, they are able to adhere to a routine and learn to paint, perform tricks, give massages, rides and learn other skills to put on a show for the tourists flocking from all over the world to Thailand. Repeatedly, we come across stories of elephants painting or doing other tricks and another such video has gained the spotlight on the internet now.

On July 7, NowThis, a New York-based news organization, shared a video of a 9-year-old elephant named Nong Thanwa painting in the Maetong Elephant Camp, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. As per the report, a painting by the animal was sold for $5.5k + (approx. Rs 410, 624) in an online fundraiser for the elephant camp. The sold painting shows a landscape with a silhouette of herself and her friend Dumbo and features the text ‘TW loves Dumbo’. Using her trunk to hold the paintbrush, Nong Thanwa was being directed by her trainer for strokes. Watch the clip here:

The clip garnered more than 34,000 views and tons of comments from unimpressed netizens who were quick to point out the abusive routine behind these skills. Many slammed the media house for reporting about the painting and not the plight of the animal despite a bull metal hook being visible in the clip. A user asked if they were not aware of the horrific abuse that’s behind these paintings.

A second user asked the media house to scrutinize their content properly as it was visible that the animal was being abused. The video was not well-received by outraged social media users who filled the comment section with backlash.

According to PETA, elephant painting involves a training method that includes weapons, and elephants are beaten, shocked, and punished to make them learn tricks. As a result of enduring stress and trauma, most of the elephants die short of their natural life expectancy.

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first published:July 07, 2021, 18:37 IST
last updated:July 07, 2021, 18:37 IST