In the image above is a painting made by a polar bear, one that is oddly striking and memorable, perhaps more memorable than some fine art made by humans.
The Tulsa Zoo is selling paintings made by its animals to raise funds for zoo improvements. They have had annual sales of art made by animals three years in a row, but this year the art can be seen online.
A painting by a penguin is $150. The lion print is $400. All the works seem to have been made through a process of having the animals make foot prints on a material after having stepped in paint. Prices range from $35 to $5,000.
Some of the animals such as the big cats are under sedation when their paw print art is made, for safety reasons, but for other animals such as penguins, chimps and elephants they are awake and functioning normally, so the painting exercise is seen as enrichment by the zoo administrators.
Koko the gorilla also makes paintings and they are sometimes sold to support the Gorilla Foundation.
Image Credit: Tulsa Zoo
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