Thursday, 20. June 2013 - 04:06
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An elephant artist who paints with her trunk is to pay for her own new zoo enclosure after her creations took the art market by storm.
Works by Shanti - a 36-year-old Indian elephant in Prague Zoo, Czech Republic - go for up to 1,500 GBP each which profits going to a new 1,400 square metre enclosure for her and her herd.
"Each painting takes her about 20 minutes and luckily she doesn't tire of doing them because there is always a snack at the end of one and she's always hungry," said zoo director Pavel Bobek.
Sahnti - a retired circus performer and movie star - began painting two years ago as part of an experiment into elephant intelligence.
"She destroyed quite a lot of easels and canvases in the early days but she now has a very light touch," said her keeper Veronika Struplova.
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