It looks like we can add "art" as another method of elephant communication! Nong Thanwa currently resides at the Maetaeng Elephant Camp. She loves to basque in the sun, go for long walks, and paint. This week, the mammal put her talents to the test and created a canvas that was later sold for several thousands of dollars!
The talented animal used her trunk to paint a landscape, tall mountains, trees, and two elephants roaming through the grass. Not only did the creation have depth and style, but personality and pazazz too! Have you ever heard of an elephant being able to do this?
The Thai Elephant is nine years young and has already mastered holding a paintbrush, blending colors, and completing a self-portrait! How about that for being wowed in the wilderness? The bottom of the latest painting even had a silhouette of her best friend, Dumbo, accompanied by a bright red heart.
With such talent resulting in gorgeous details, including cherry blossoms in the foreground of the painting, it's no wonder that the Maetang Elephant Camp reported the painting sold for upwards of $5,500! We can only hope that Nong keeps up her craft because this work is jaw-dropping.
We can imagine the new owner of this elephant-created painting feels over the moon to have such a special piece added to their collection; we can't help but wish we had one of our own. For now, we will be following Nong on her journey of becoming a professional artist.
As a resident of the Maetaeng Elephant Camp, Nong is taken care of by a loving staff who supports her passion for the paintbrush. In fact, on their art website, you can browse a collection of elephant-painted canvasses for sale! The site includes many videos and pictures of the talented mammals creating in real time, blending each color into the next, and painting the landscapes to perfect size. Now, all we need to know is when the animals' collection will be displayed in a museum!