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How the power of music brought peace to this elephant

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Hearing the sound of piano keys brings peace to this 62-year-old elephant.

Lam Duan – meaning “Tree with Yellow Flowers” has had a tough life. The blind elephant spent the first thirty years of her life in hard working conditions. After working twenty years in the logging trade, she later gave rides to tourists.

A pair of owners took her in until she was moved to Elephants World in Thailand, an elephant rescue sanctuary.

Paul Barton, who lives at Elephants World with his wife, recalls, “I was heartbroken when I first saw Lam Duan arrive at Elephants World in 2012.”

Wanting to bring happiness to an elephant who has suffered, Paul set up a piano in her natural mountainous surroundings. He plays her Bach to put her at ease.

“She’s so restless. When you play music to her, she stops being restless and is calm. Being blind, she’ll sway back and forth,” says Paul.

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