Amazing Elephant Artists

Lankam, an 11-year-old male Asian elephant, is one of a group of artistically inclined animals at the Maesa Camp in Chiang Mai, north Thailand, who have created hundreds of paintings.

Even more unforgivably, his most expensive work sold for just ú20,000 – barely enough to keep Damien Hirst in formaldehyde.

The money helps to fund the sanctuary where the elephants – many of which used to be owned by logging companies – now live.

Each year thousands of tourists travel to the region to witness the amazing talents of the elephants.As well as painting, they also play football and basketball.

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