An Elephant Musician

Shanthi is a 36-year-old Asian elephant at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington who is using her trunk to make music. She has taken to the harmonica, turning out tunes that have her handlers buzzing. Photo Credit: cliff1066 via Flickr.

Elephant Takes to Harmonica, Makes Music
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Michele Wilkinson

It is a shame that intelligent animals are in zoos though, I prefer them to be free in their natural habitat.

Vanessa Wolfe
Vanessa Wolfe3 years ago

I'm happy that this elephant has a little something in her day, but really this is not where she should be.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal3 years ago


Debbie L.
Debbie Lim3 years ago

I love elephants! They're so cute :)

Harsha Vardhana R

Wonderful. There are no limits for nature's capabilities

Pearl Duval
Pearl Duval3 years ago

Thank you Leonard D., for the link to the Thai Elephant Conservation Center. A truly inspiring story, worth watching !
Don't you just looove those stories were humans will go out of their ways to make other living creatures' lives more interesting ?
All in the name of love and respect !
Life is wonderful when we put our minds and hearts in it !!

Laurie D.
Laurie D.3 years ago


Isabel A.
Isabel Araujo3 years ago

She is a true entertainer with a great musical talent!

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

I wish she was out of captivity and in her natural environment.

Ruth S.
Ruth C.3 years ago

As much as I liked seeing how she can play the harmonica, I feel really bad that she is living in a zoo and not in the wild where she belongs!!