Elephant Paints Self Portrait!

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    Apr 07, 2008 2:13 AM GMT
    I'm amazed icon_cool.gif


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    Apr 07, 2008 2:53 AM GMT
    Better than I could do icon_eek.gif
    That is awesome.
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    Apr 07, 2008 6:52 AM GMT
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    Apr 07, 2008 7:45 AM GMT
    I never believed sentience was limited to the erm.. 'chosen' humans. icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 07, 2008 1:39 PM GMT
    That's just like an elephant to portray herself as skinny. next thing you know she'll be wearing a thong in a public space...fat bitch... icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 07, 2008 1:45 PM GMT
    You can't deny it... it's pretty impressive.
    Just goes to show ya... everyy once in a while, Mother Nature can really stun the hell outta you!

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    Apr 07, 2008 2:22 PM GMT
    naw i thought it was cool too.icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 07, 2008 2:35 PM GMT
    That elephant didnt paint that pic without some kind of training.
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    Apr 07, 2008 4:08 PM GMT
    not necessarily caslon. weirder and more unique things have happened in this world without the help of mankind.icon_idea.gif
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    Apr 08, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
    Caslon saidThat elephant didnt paint that pic without some kind of training.

    Nevertheless his lines are elegant and steady. You can't teach that. It must posses something from the creature itself. You can be taught to write the letter A, but my A will look different than your A.
    What an awesome creature
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    Apr 08, 2008 2:01 AM GMT
    Caslon saidThat elephant didnt paint that pic without some kind of training.


    Did you know elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror?

    http://www.livescience.com/animals/061030_elephant_mirror.html
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    Apr 08, 2008 5:04 PM GMT
    Timberoo said[quote][cite]Caslon said[/cite]That elephant didnt paint that pic without some kind of training.


    Did you know elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror?

    http://www.livescience.com/animals/061030_elephant_mirror.html[/quote]

    I love that article Timberoo. Elephants are such beautiful animals. All this evidence reinforces the need to protect them.
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    Apr 09, 2008 4:23 AM GMT
    I suspected that it was somebody's arm in an elephant's trunk...only at one point did the camera pull back and showed the elephant being handed a brush...but still that could have been edited in there to give the impression of the elephant painting.

    Recognizing oneself isnt the same as transfering that recognition to an image....and the steadiness of the lines and the reduction of the strokes necessary to convey the likeness still make me skeptical.
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    Apr 09, 2008 4:28 AM GMT
    He was probably trained to create the image. But his ability and style make it unique and special. It's incremental evolution. With an animal with that level of intelligence it will not take long for it to take the process further.

    I know I know. I just love animals!
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    Apr 09, 2008 10:20 AM GMT
    A good wiki entry on this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant_intelligence

    They bury their dead for example. icon_razz.gif

    I guess I've been influence by Kipling ('Toomai of the Elephants') ever since I was little to think of elephants as sentient. Mahouts treat elephants like members of their family rather than simple work animals.