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12 artsy animals that paint

By: Bryan Nelson on Dec. 14, 2009, 8 a.m.

Photo: Venson Kuchipudi/Flickr

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Due to their dexterous trunks, elephants are capable of painting with more detail than any other creature in the animal kingdom apart from primates. Working with zookeepers and handlers, the sensitive beasts have been trained to paint landscapes, still lifes and even self-portraits. Some of the paintings are of such high quality that they have fooled experts at auctions into believing they were crafted by people.