Shanthi the Elephant Plays the Harmonica [VIDEO]


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Shanthi, a 36-year-old Asian female elephant at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, has a special talent - she plays the harmonica!

While Shanthi can only "play" a couple of notes, elephant keepers claim they have not taught the elephant how to use the instrument. They noticed Shanthi loves to make noise with various objects, and when they left her instruments such as horns and harmonicas, she started blowing into the instruments until they made a sound.

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"I think what's really amazing about the little ditties that Shanthi comes up with is, musically, they really do have a beginning, a middle and an end. They have a repetitive part, that might have some beat, which you can actually follow to it, and it has a big crescendo at the end, and we all know when she's going to hit a crescendo, and we wait, and then we applaud, and then we go back to work," says Debbie Flinkman, one of Shanthi's keepers.

Well, we've been to a couple of indie blues festivals, and we've certainly heard worse. What do you think about Shanthi's musical talent? Check out the video above and share your opinions in the comments!

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