Pianist Performs Beethoven For 61-Year-Old Rescue Elephant

Pianist Performs Beethoven For 61-Year-Old Rescue Elephant

British pianist Paul Barton performs Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ for a 61-year-old rescue elephant. Elephants are truly one of the most majestic creatures on this earth.


In fact, they are the largest mammals on land. While some people may think that these large animals are scary or dangerous, that is not always the case. And musician and pianist Paul Barton knows just how compassionate and sweet these gentle giants can truly be.

Paul Barton fell in love with elephants back in 1996 when he traveled to Thailand with his wife. Ever since then, he has made it part of his mission to help rehabilitate elephants at Elephant World sanctuary.

Paul previously worked with blind children utilizing music therapy. He felt that music could also be used to communicate with elephants. And when Paul recorded himself playing the piano for a blind elephant named Lam Duan, the video went viral.

Now, Paul is back at Elephant World for an incredible performance of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ for Mongkol. According to Paul’s video, Mongkol is a former logging elephant. “His body shape is deformed through hard labor, he lost his right eye and tusk in this brutal logging practice.

Mongkol was rescued and brought to Elephants World to spend the rest of his days relaxing peacefully in freedom by the River Kwai.” And now, Mongkol has the opportunity to rest and relax as Paul skillfully plays the piano. It is so incredible to see someone like Paul use his talents to help these rescue animals.

Who else is in awe right now?