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Music for elephants

British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano for sick, abused, retired and rescued elephants in sanctuary along Thailand-Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, December 9, 2018. Lam Duan, a 65-year-old, blind Thai elephant is enjoying her lunch, listening to Silent Night being played on a piano. For eight years, pachyderms like Lam Duan - old, overworked and sometimes disabled - have been rehabilitated with music at Elephants World, a retirement sanctuary for the animals in the western Thai province of Kanchanaburi.

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British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano for sick, abused, retired and rescued elephants in sanctuary along Thailand-Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, December 9, 2018. Lam Duan, a 65-year-old, blind Thai elephant is enjoying her lunch,...more

British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano for sick, abused, retired and rescued elephants in sanctuary along Thailand-Myanmar border in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, December 9, 2018. Lam Duan, a 65-year-old, blind Thai elephant is enjoying her lunch, listening to Silent Night being played on a piano. For eight years, pachyderms like Lam Duan - old, overworked and sometimes disabled - have been rehabilitated with music at Elephants World, a retirement sanctuary for the animals in the western Thai province of Kanchanaburi. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Elephants eat their breakfast as they listen British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano. Almost 80 percent of about 3,000 elephants at tourist venues in Thailand, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal and Sri Lanka, endure poor living conditions and diets and are overworked, according to the animal welfare group World Animal Protection. The animals at Elephants World get good food and treatment for their physical ailments, but the music is an extra, special treat they appear to love.

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Elephants eat their breakfast as they listen British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano. Almost 80 percent of about 3,000 elephants at tourist venues in Thailand, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal and Sri Lanka, endure poor living conditions and diets and...more

Elephants eat their breakfast as they listen British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano. Almost 80 percent of about 3,000 elephants at tourist venues in Thailand, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal and Sri Lanka, endure poor living conditions and diets and are overworked, according to the animal welfare group World Animal Protection. The animals at Elephants World get good food and treatment for their physical ailments, but the music is an extra, special treat they appear to love. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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British volunteer Paul Barton unloads his piano. Several times a week, British classical pianist Barton, 57, sets up a piano against a backdrop of forested slopes and plays for his four-legged friends. "Maybe some of these blind elephants get a little bit of comfort from hearing pieces of soothing classical music occasionally," says Barton, who studied at London's Royal Academy of Arts.

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British volunteer Paul Barton unloads his piano. Several times a week, British classical pianist Barton, 57, sets up a piano against a backdrop of forested slopes and plays for his four-legged friends. "Maybe some of these blind elephants get a...more

British volunteer Paul Barton unloads his piano. Several times a week, British classical pianist Barton, 57, sets up a piano against a backdrop of forested slopes and plays for his four-legged friends. "Maybe some of these blind elephants get a little bit of comfort from hearing pieces of soothing classical music occasionally," says Barton, who studied at London's Royal Academy of Arts. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Paul Barton and his daughter Emily Barton, 4, play piano. Lam Duan approached Barton as he began to play and she appeared to calm down and focus on the music. At another music session, several elephants seemed to move their heads and move about in front of the piano as the notes flowed.

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Paul Barton and his daughter Emily Barton, 4, play piano. Lam Duan approached Barton as he began to play and she appeared to calm down and focus on the music. At another music session, several elephants seemed to move their heads and move about in...more

Paul Barton and his daughter Emily Barton, 4, play piano. Lam Duan approached Barton as he began to play and she appeared to calm down and focus on the music. At another music session, several elephants seemed to move their heads and move about in front of the piano as the notes flowed. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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A woman hugs a blind elephant before Paul Barton plays piano. The owner of the sanctuary, Samart Prasithpol, 44, said the music seemed to provide the elephants with some special comfort. "We work here to rehabilitate the elephants physically," Smart told Reuters. "The use of music has been useful in rehabilitating their soul," he said.

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A woman hugs a blind elephant before Paul Barton plays piano. The owner of the sanctuary, Samart Prasithpol, 44, said the music seemed to provide the elephants with some special comfort. "We work here to rehabilitate the elephants physically," Smart...more

A woman hugs a blind elephant before Paul Barton plays piano. The owner of the sanctuary, Samart Prasithpol, 44, said the music seemed to provide the elephants with some special comfort. "We work here to rehabilitate the elephants physically," Smart told Reuters. "The use of music has been useful in rehabilitating their soul," he said. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Elephants eat their breakfast as they listen to Paul Barton play piano.

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Elephants eat their breakfast as they listen to Paul Barton play piano. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Elephants eat their breakfast as they listen to Paul Barton play piano. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano.

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British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano.

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British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Emily Barton, 4, is seen before she and her father play piano.

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Emily Barton, 4, is seen before she and her father play piano. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Emily Barton, 4, is seen before she and her father play piano. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano.

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British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

British volunteer Paul Barton plays piano. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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