Oh my but that big country elephant can play!
October 17, 2013 7:04 AM   Subscribe

12 Bar Blues – A piano duet with Peter the Elephant. [via]
posted by quin (11 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Say what you will about his technique, Peter has pretty good rhythm.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:31 AM on October 17, 2013

Trunk Rock
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 7:41 AM on October 17, 2013

That is one Thelonious Trunk.
posted by jwhite1979 at 8:07 AM on October 17, 2013 [2 favorites]

I particularly like how he bobs along with the music. That seems significant to me; that he recognizes rhythm and music.

I know other animals have demonstrated a similar ability, but it does seem to be mostly limited to those that we consider intelligent under our current understanding.

Either way, I thought it was cute how much fun he seemed to be having.
posted by quin at 8:15 AM on October 17, 2013

Is this one of the elephants from the Thai Elephant Orchestra?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 8:25 AM on October 17, 2013

I hope that pianist's name is Gerald. Elephants Gerald.
posted by emelenjr at 8:43 AM on October 17, 2013 [3 favorites]

I love how the other elephant is shaking it's booty at 53 secs.
posted by psycho-alchemy at 9:20 AM on October 17, 2013 [2 favorites]

Peter's approach to the piano seems to borrow a bit from Jerry Lee Lewis, and that other elephant definitely had a whole lot of shakin' going on. Rated +1!
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 9:29 AM on October 17, 2013

Loved it.

Although I felt more than a bit of discomfort seeing such a smart, musical being with a chain around its neck :(
posted by Saxon Kane at 9:55 AM on October 17, 2013

At about 10 seconds, that elephant seems to be somewhat 'excited' by the experience.
posted by Dr Ew at 12:32 PM on October 17, 2013

Someday, this species of ours will go extinct. And it will be the most deserved extinction of all, for at some point within our existence, we slaughtered thousands of one of the most intelligent creatures on earth to build jewelry out of their teeth.
posted by lenny70 at 1:30 AM on October 18, 2013

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