i am in love with this elephant and all the elephants in the world <3
recently I have seen quite a few photos of elephants painting circulating on tumblr. I decided to google it and this is what I found out:
Elephants endure months of physical abuse to learn how to hold a paint brush, draw a straight line and paint flowers and leaves on trees.When training an elephant to paint, a sharp metal bull hook or nail is used to guide the paintbrush (if you look closely, you can see the hook in the photo above of a 2yr. old elephant being taught to paint). When the elephant paints incorrectly they are beaten as punishment, often the hook is rammed into the elephants ear or they are hit on their head or trunk.
"The training process is called the ‘pajaan’ or ‘crush’ and is centuries old and is used throughout Asia today. It involves taking a 3-year-old baby from its mother’s side and roping it into a small bamboo cage in which it cannot move except to breathe. Of course the elephant fights for its freedom and is beaten, poked with sharp bamboo, starved, dehydrated, and sleep-deprived until it submits to its captors’ demands. The process may take a week, depending on how long it takes to ‘crush’ the elephant’s spirit. About 50% of the babies die from the process and the survivors are left with physical and emotional scars for the rest of their lives.” (from Snopes)
I don’t know if this will get any notes, but I hope that it will at least get some. I have no idea how many people do or don’t know this, but I sure as hell didn’t.