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Musician Lovingly Plays the Piano for Blind Elephants

Classical music can be comforting, even to elephants.

English classical pianist Paul Barton performs classical piece on the piano for the gentle giants at the ElephantsWorld sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

From CBS News:

It all started when he and his wife first discovered the sanctuary, Elephants World, online, Barton explains in a video. "We liked the sound of the place being a retirement center for old, injured and handicapped former logging and trekking elephants," Barton said. "So we paid them a visit. I wondered if these old rescue elephants might like to listen to some slow classical music."
Barton asked the employees at Elephants World if he could bring his piano and serenade the elephants some time, and they said yes. The first time Barton played his piano at Elephants World, a blind elephant that was eating his breakfast stopped in his tracks when he heard Beethoven for the first time.
"[He] was often in pain, and I like to think maybe the soothing the music gave him some comfort in the darkness," Barton said in the video.

The clip above is of Barton playing "Clair de Lune" by Debussy for an 80-year old blind female elephant named Ampan.

More video clips below:

This one is Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata, played for an old bull elephant named Romsai.

Watch this cute baby elephant who tried to play the piano as well!

Check out many more marvelous and touching video clips over at Barton's YouTube channel.

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