May 3, 2012


Meet Two Elephants Who Play Musical Instruments

Paula Bronstein
Paula Bronstein

The Smithsonian National Zoological Institute has uploaded a video of Shanthi, their elephant who plays the harmonica (with no training or prodding), to their YouTube page, and Shanthi has taken the internet by storm.

According to the Smithsonian's YouTube page, "The Zoo's 36-year-old Asian elephant has a propensity for coming up with her own ditties using whatever instruments the keepers have provided. These include harmonicas, horns and other noisemakers." In the video below (which gets good at 1:32), you can watch Shanthi in action. If you're scratching your head and wondering how this is possible, you're not alone.

And it looks like Shanthi isn't alone either! In this recent Samsung Galaxy Note (a huge cell phone) commercial, Peter the elephant can be seen playing a guitar app on the phone, as well as drawing and horizontally scrolling through pictures. Let us know whether you think you can play instruments better than these pachyderms (I Googled the plural of pachyderm and it is pachyderms) in the comments!