Shanthi, a 36-year-old Asian elephant at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, has her stomping grounds equipped with horns, noisemakers and harmonicas. Unprovoked, she’ll play ya some tunes. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, you’re probably a Dementor.
The keepers provided the instruments after they noticed that Shanthi, more so than the Zoo’s two other elephants, likes to make noise with objects. According to keepers, she will use her trunk to cover anything with a hole in it and blow until it makes a sound — and will often coax the objects to get different types of sounds from it. She taps objects with her trunk and flaps her ears against objects that make noise.
(via The Daily What)
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