Sanctuary Elephants Stop And Listen to Pianist Play Beethoven

There’s nothing like a good song on a sunny day. Something about music has the power to soothe nerves, excite the mind, and warm the heart.

The video below shows a talented pianist playing to a herd of elephants. Instead of simply walking away and carrying on with elephant things, they are sticking around to hear the music. Perhaps these elephants have heard this opening before, or maybe they just want to hear where it leads.

Say what you want about classical music, it’s finding new fans every day. Many of them contribute to Reddit. Here’d what a few of those Redditors had to say.

Musician Paul Barton plays the piano for elephants.
Source: Reddit/u/anish0707
Musician Paul Barton plays the piano for elephants.

“This guy, Paul Barton is also an expert painter, sculptor and karate master! The man is crazy,” commented u/drchunhu.

Some of the elephants were treated unfairly, or worked heavily, before coming to the sanctuary.
Source: Reddit/u/anish0707
Some of the elephants were treated unfairly, or worked heavily, before coming to the sanctuary.

“They stopped mass producing ivory piano keys back in the 70’s if that makes anyone feel better,” wrote u/itsbeemo123

The elephants love hearing the music from Barton's piano.
Source: Reddit/u/anish0707
The elephants love hearing the music from Barton’s piano.

“Elephants are beautiful, gentle, and intelligent. Very sad that we hurt them and take away their environment,” commented u/some_girl008.

The elephants live in a sanctuary where they are protected from poachers.
Source: Reddit/u/anish0707
The elephants live in a sanctuary where they are protected from poachers.

“My dog used to come lay under the piano any time I would sit down to play. He was the sweetest,” commented u/areuseriousjk.

“My cats would leave the room,” wrote u/PetrichorIsHere.

The elephants follow Barton to his piano.
Source: Reddit/u/anish0707
The elephants follow Barton to his piano to hear the music.

“My cat would sit on the piano keys and will make its own music,” commented u/bashdash5.

“It would be interesting to see what music the elephants would make if given an elephant-scale piano like instrument,” wrote u/AngryDog69.

Watch the video below and listen for yourself. Maybe these elephants are onto something!

This pianist plays Beethoven for rescue elephants who choose to listen to music versus freely walking away from r/nextfuckinglevel

Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.

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