In 2008, the ElephantsWorld sanctuary was founded in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. For the past 10 years, the sanctuary has been home to sick, disabled, elderly, and abused elephants. Here, these beautiful creatures can live out their days and roam freely in a safe environment.
One day, a retired musician named Paul Barton was making a video about the River Kwai bridge when he first heard about ElephantsWorld. He went to check out the sanctuary and ended up asking the manager if he could come back, but this time, he also wanted to bring his piano. The manager said yes.
When Paul sat down and started to play a Beethoven song — right there in the middle of the wilderness, surrounded by massive untethered animals — he had no clue how they’d react.
Suddenly, a blind old elephant named Plara stopped eating his lunch, stood totally still, and listened to the music with a mouth full of grass.
From that moment on, Paul was hooked. The elephants love to stand close to his piano, sometimes even swaying along to the classical symphonies and making sounds of their own.
Paul has spent the last seven years playing music for these rescued elephants.
He believes the music heals them and eases their stress, if only for a few minutes… and we think he’s absolutely right.
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