We all know that elephants are very intelligent animals, but we don’t expect them to start picking up a paintbrush and actually paint. Well, seeing Suda, an elephant in Thailand, will surely change your mind.
Suda has become famous for her art. Seriously. She uses her trunk to move the brush and do a self-portrait!
Suda grasps the brush with the tip of her trunk and draws an accurate picture of an elephant.
She also creates little hearts and even writes her name afterwards!
So how on Earth can an elephant actually do this? When it comes to intelligence, there are some elephants who can give humans a run for their money. Their trunks are dexterous and flexible enough to move tools such as a paintbrush. But they can’t paint on their own instinct alone; elephants like Suda are trained to do so.
According to Snopes:
“(Elephants) aren’t engaging in any form of creativity, much less abstractly making free-form portraits of whatever tickles their pachydermic fancies at the moment.” Instead, “they do nothing more than outline and color specific drawings they’ve been painstakingly trained to replicate.”
Training an elephant to paint is not a joke. There’s tugging, nudging, and pulling involved to teach the elephant how to work the brush.
Trainers also use their voice to instruct the animals what to do.
As expected, there are people concerned whether the means to train the elephant is humane or not. There are reports that these animals get maltreated to the point of submission, so they will easily follow instructions. After all, most of the elephants put on a show for tourists and monetary gain.
But according to Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project, a non-profit organization, not all of these animals are used for tourism purposes.
The website says:
“The training process is stimulating and based on positive reinforcement, and part of the group’s mission is to educate elephant trainers about how to safely and carefully train domesticated elephants.”
“Funds gained from selling the paintings go to local communities that rely on elephants for their value in tourism, as well as conservation agencies that reintroduce elephants into the wild and to fight illegal poaching in Southeast Asia.”
Watch how Suda does this amazing feat!
Illegal Wildlife Trade Is Rampant In The Philippines Using Facebook, Watchdog Finds
Many traders admit that these animals caught in the wild don’t come with permits.
Facebook has made it possible for people from different parts of the world to connect with each other with such ease and convenience. Not only that, the social network is a place where people can promote their business, keep up with their favorite personalities, and enjoy games. It also has become a place where wildlife trafficking happens.
Facebook is found to be the main market for illegal wildlife trade in the Philippines, according to a new study. Wildlife trading monitoring network TRAFFIC conducted the survey and it found that thousands of endangered reptile species are being sold through Facebook groups in just three months.
Apparently, Facebook is being used as a platform for illegal wildlife trading.
Cheetah in Missouri Gives Birth to Record Number of Cubs
Definitely great news, since cheetahs are in danger of extinction.
Cheetahs usually give birth to three to four cubs per litter, so when Bingwa, a cheetah living in St. Louis Zoo in Missouri, gave birth to eight cubs, it became a cause for celebration. The 4-year old Bingwa, which means "champion" in Swahili, reared her own cubs at the zoo.
This is the first time a cheetah gave birth to this many cubs, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which have documented more than 430 litters.
Bingwa is already the perfect mom to her cubs, three boys and five girls, the zoo said.
Hammerhead Shark Struggles Then Dies On The Street After Residents Played With It
This is truly heartbreaking and appalling.
Hammerhead sharks are fascinating creatures because of the unique shape of their heads. It is also listed as a protected species, so when you see one being abused by people, it's easy to feel furious and appalled.
Netizens were enraged after a video of a hammerhead shark brought to land and obviously struggling without water made the rounds on social media. The sickening incident happened in Currimao, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines, a Provincial Fisheries Regulatory Officer has confirmed.