Peter the Incredible Painting Elephant; ART AT IT IN THE JUNGLE

The Mirror (London, England), July 5, 2008 | Go to article overview

Peter the Incredible Painting Elephant; ART AT IT IN THE JUNGLE


Byline: BY STEPHEN MOYES

TALENTED elephant Peter has really used his nelly - and completed a string of portraits of a five-tonne pal.

In fact, tourists have been flocking to watch ever since Peter picked up a paintbrush in his trunk and started creating masterpieces at his jungle home in Thailand.

They cannot believe the animal magic as seven-year-old bull Peter - Noppakhao in Thai - makes delicate strokes on to the canvas.

He packs all sorts of coloured paints in his trunk and enjoys using both thick and thin brushes. His final cartoon-like results would hardly shame Rolf Harris. Peter's proud owner then sells the pictures to the highest bidder.

Awed onlookers in Ayutthaya province,50 miles north of Bangkok, said the artwork could fool experts into thinking his efforts were produced by a gifted human.

One gasped: "Peter is absolutely brilliant. It's amazing stuff, very abstract and intelligently done.

"The fact he can draw other elephants is amazing in itself because that takes such a lot of dexterity. …

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