Simon Vozick-Levinson
April 04, 2008 AT 09:10 PM EDT

Sorry to get all Brian Fellow here, but I suspect you will be similarly agog after you see this pachyderm’s deft brushwork (below). Okay, so apparently it’s just re-creating a specific rudimentary elephant outline that it’s been trained to mimic. Whatever! Is that so different from, like, conceptual artist Sol LeWitt‘s (human) assistants following his detailed instructions to create an installation on their own?

Okay, yeah, maybe it is totally different. But at least the video’s not fake, like I assumed at first. And I’m mostly convinced that the YouTube commenter who speculated that “the CIA is breeding superintelligent elephants so soldiers can ride them in battle” is wrong. Probably. Don’t you think? 

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