There’s no tusk to small for Karishma: Elephant stuns zoo visitors by learning how to paint… with her trunk

September 20, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

Meet artistic Karishma – the elephant who loves painting.

The fourteen-year-old Asian elephant has been stunning crowds at her zoo by using her trunk to carefully decorate wooden shapes with a paint brush yesterday afternoon.

And while the results might be a little abstract animal lovers have been wowed by her nose for art.

Karishma the painting elephant shows off her skilss at Whipsnade zoo by creating a picture

Karishma the painting elephant shows off her skilss at Whipsnade zoo by creating a picture

 Fourteen-year-old Asian elephant Karishma uses her trunk to decorate wooden elephants with colourful splashes of paint

Fourteen-year-old Asian elephant Karishma uses her trunk to decorate wooden elephants with colourful splashes of paint

The matriarch was carrying out the ingenious task at Whipsnade Zoo to help raise funds for Elephant Appreciation Weekend, which starts on Saturday.

Zoo keeper Elizabeth Becker said: “Karishma really enjoys painting, and she’s very talented at it.

“It demonstrates just how dexterous elephant’s trunks really are and we think the end results are pretty amazing, if a little abstract.”

A zoo keeper helps the elephant to hold onto the brush with her trunk so she can set about her work

A zoo keeper helps the elephant to hold onto the brush with her trunk so she can set about her work

Karishma has attracted plenty of fans, and helps to raise money for charity with her work

Karishma has attracted plenty of fans, and helps to raise money for charity with her work

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