>> Paul Barton couldn't ask for a bigger audience. The British pianist studied music at London's Royal Academy of Arts. Now, he shares his gift with two dozen retired elephants at a sanctuary in Western Thailand.>> The first time I played music to an elephant was just in the field behind me, and a blind elephant called Clara was behind the piano by coincidence.
Clara was having his breakfast, and elephants are hungry, so it was unusual when Clara stopped eating with her mouth full of banana leaves protruding from the sides of his mouth and just listened to the music.>> Animal welfare groups say that most of the 3,000 elephants working tourist hot spots across Southeast Asia endure bad living condition and poor diets.
The pachyderms here in Elephants World have been overworked, and some are disabled. The sanctuary gives them healthy food, medical treatment, and music.>> When Paul started playing piano for the elephants, I felt that the elephants understood the music. Because music is a universal language.>> But it seems that some of the residents at Elephants World haven't yet developed a musical ear.
For one in particular, the real fun only starts when the music is over.>>