Talented Pianist Plays Beethoven ‘Moonlight Sonata’ For Old Elephant

Paul Barton plays Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ for an old Elephant in the Thai forest.


Mongkol is the 61-year-old former logging elephant who spent most of his captive life hauling trees.

Sadly he lost his right eye and tusk during this brutal work. He was rescued and brought to Elephants World to spend his remaining days peacefully in freedom near the River Kwai.

Mongkol is a gentle and sensitive elephant who loves music and here he can be seen enjoying Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata.’

Paul Barton is a self-taught and classically trained artist, who moved to Thailand for 3 months to teach piano at a private school.

It’s there that he met his wife who is also a wildlife artist and animal lover, and so they decided to stay there and call it their home 22 years ago.

Here he can be seen playing for Mongkol a large elephant who is 61 years old and has suffered many years doing brutal hard work.

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This was awesome! So kind and considerate for this old elephant
who had suffered such a hard life. It’s encouraging to see & hear
when humans take the time to be a blessing to God’s creatures!

Bill Hastings
Bill Hastings

Thank you Mongkol , and thank you Mr Barton. Peace and beauty. We were given dominion, and that includes helping them.


Very sweet! You can tell the elephant likes the beautiful music!


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