When I traveled to Thailand I had the pleasure of going to an elephant camp outside of Chiang Mai. We were able to pet the elephants and give them treats. The elephants also performed in a variety of ways. After the show we got to go on an hour long elephant ride through the countryside.
Since I had never been around elephants it was very exciting for me. I enjoyed the experience immensely.
What surprised me the most was the elephant that did a drawing. I had heard about elephants doing this but never really believed it. So, during the show, I filmed this elephant drawing an elephant with a paintbrush and black paint or ink.
I could not see the elephant handler. The handler was hidden from my view. So, I do not know what cues were being given to the animal. I do know that the handler gave the elephant fresh paint on his brush as needed. Whatever cues were given, watching the elephant is fascinating.
I hope you enjoy.