It’s no secret that the power of music can bring forth a whole range of emotions. We know that animals are emotional creatures so you can imagine that music has an effect on them as well.
Paul Barton knows how powerful music can be and so he wanted to let his elephants hear some to calm them. As you can see in the video, they seem to be loving it. Paul has been a budding musician and concert pianist for quite some time. But in 1996, he needed a new adventure so he moved to Thailand to teach at the Thai Piano School.
I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to spend three months in Asia, a place I had always been curious about. But I met my (then), future wife, here and stayed on. We have been married now for eighteen years. She has always been interested in animal conservation and activism and my influence stemmed from there.
While he was there, Paul Barton met his wife and he got to learn a lot about animal abuse in Thailand – especially elephants.
Thai Teak wood is considered to be the finest in the world which is why the country’s forest has rapidly reduced over the years from 1975 – 1986. Based on these rates, the government finally put a ban on commercial timber logging in 1989.
The elephants were used to carry the heavy logs through the forests where twigs and branches would scratch their eyes and draw blood over their bodies.
Paul Barton, the musician from Yorkshire, England, decided to create the ‘Music for Elephants‘ project
When Paul played music to injured, orphaned and/or blind elephants, he could see incredible changes in their behavior. He plays music to the endangered Asian elephants at the Elephants World Sanctuary in River Kwai.
In this video we see Paul playing ‘Send in the Clowns’ for a baby elephant called Saiyok and his mother. Their reactions are beautiful to watch.
In fact, at one point, Saiyok gets so into the music that he decides to have a tickle of the ivories. When he hits the lower octaves, he immediately walks away and hides under his mom’s legs. Clearly, this elephant is a little bashful but it’s nice to see him getting involved.
Don’t forget to watch Paul Barton play the piano for a baby elephant and his mom in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝