Elderly Elephant Starts Crying When Man Plays Piano For Her

Paul Barton is an English artist and pianist who love animals.

English artist and pianist, Paul Barton, fell in love with animals when he met his future wife, Khwan, after moving to Thailand in 1996. Khwan, an animal lover and activist, inspired Barton to get involved.

Barton especially sympathized with local elephants and their hardships. Thailand’s deforestation from 1975 to 1986 had especially left the animals in a desperate state. Thailand’s teak wood became so popular that the forests, homes to so many elephants, were completely destroyed.

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Barton became especially interested in helping Thailand’s elephants.

Barton learned that Thailand went through a period of rapid deforestation from 1975 to 1986. People around the world wanted Thailand’s teak wood, and so companies started cutting down trees without worrying about the animals who were losing their homes.

Elephants were some of the animals that suffered the most during this time. Many companies forced elephants to carry heavy logs for them. As the elephants carried the logs, they would often get scratched by sharp twigs and branches, leaving them bloody.

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Thankfully in 1989, Thailand’s government banned commercial timber logging. The elephants no longer had to spend their days lugging heavy logs. However, their homes, the forests from where the all the teak wood came from, were gone forever. The elephants had no place safe to go.

Many conservationists and animal lovers set up sanctuaries for these abused and neglected elephants. These sanctuaries gave elephants the space they needed to roam. It was the next best thing to being in the wild.

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Paul Barton visited one of these sanctuaries, Elephants World, and fell in love with the elephants there.

When he saw how emotional and empathetic the animals were, he came up with a great idea. He would play classical music for the elephants! Barton called his program Music for Elephants.

“The first time I played piano at Elephants World, a blind elephant called Plara was closest to the piano by coincidence,” Barton told Coconuts Bangkok. “He was having his breakfast of bana grass, but when he heard the music for the first time, he suddenly stopped eating with the grass protruding from his mouth and stayed motionless all through the music.”

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The ‘elephant musician’ uploads videos to YouTube. You can see with your own eyes just how much the elephants love the music. They often stand close to the piano and move their bodies with the rhythm of the music. It’s simply amazing.

In one particularly emotional video, Barton plays Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” for an elephant who has had a very tough life.

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Amphan, the 80-year-old elephant, is partially blind. For her, the music is truly a treat. When Barton plays, she stands beside the piano, hypnotized by the beautiful sound.

After Barton is finished playing, he makes sure to stop and give the elephant a hug.

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Amphan and the other elephants at Elephants World have gone through so much, and now, all they want to do is rest. Barton’s music helps them relax, and it shows them how beautiful life can be. If you’d like to see Barton’s heartwarming piano performance, check out the video below.

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Source: https://animalchannel.co