Paul Barton plays to all the different elephants at this sanctuary in Thailand. There are many videos of him with the different individual and groups of elephants. They flap their ears when they are happy and they also wag their tails for the same reason, which you can see in some of his other videos. It's a lovely thing to do for these old elephants many of them blinded and injured by their former "owners" who use them for logging and for tourist rides.
Any elephant being used for tourist rides or any form of work will have been tortured as a baby to completely break its spirit. This is called "Phajaan" or "the crush" which says it all really.
Friends visited there for their honeymoon as it's an ethical sanctuary called "Elephant World. They found it a very moving and enriching experience and the animals are all very well loved and cared for which is as it should be. They rely on donations to keep the place running, especially in a country where these elephants aren't protected from abuse in the first place.
Music and animals, his two loves,why wouldn't Morrissey post i!
Piano keys are wooden with a thin layer of either plastic nowadays or ivory or bone in earlier days. Ivory is no longer legally available for pianos since the 1970s as someone pointed out and even earlier as French pianos had an early form of plastic on the keys from the turn of the last century.
You can test the keys by heating a needle and if it goes through the veneer it's plastic.
I think the message from this video is very clear, elephants are sensitive intelligent beings who appreciate love and beauty as much as the rest of us. They need all the help they can get and videos like this one highlight that, if you take a closer look.