Old And Disabled Elephants Gather To Hear Piano Player
Tatiana Bosc 10/10/2018
As the old saying goes, "an elephant never forgets." One classical pianist knows this fact all too well, which is why he has devoted his life to helping rescued elephants make musical memories to last a lifetime.
57-year-old Paul Barton is a classic pianist, and when he learned about a herd of elephants living in a Thailand sanctuary called Elephants World, he knew exactly what he needed to do to help. Bringing his piano to the serene and open space, he began playing for the curious animals, completely unaware of the profound impact his music would have.
The moment he began playing classic pieces like Bach and Beethoven, it instantly became clear that he was on to something. The old, injured, and disabled elephants immediately became drawn to Barton and his piano, gathering around to listen to his beautiful music.
Barton had this to say about the animals' incredible reaction:
"Some elephants get very close to the piano of their own accord, they might drape their trunk over the piano even. Some hold their trunk in their mouth when listening, some start to sway with the rhythm of the music."
He began his visits to Elephant World in 2011, but after playing for a blind elephant named Plara, Paul instantly realized the profound impact his music could have on these disabled and lonely creatures. Over the past seven years, Barton has played for a total of 22 different elephants during his time at the sanctuary.
Most of the elephants rescued previously lived very difficult lives, many as former logging and trekking animals. Through Paul's soothing and inviting music, many are finally able to fully relax for the first time in their lives.