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Gallop Poll -- Painting Horse vs Artistic Elephant

12/23/2008 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

These animals may not be able to tell the difference between a Picasso and a Rembrandt -- but that doesn't mean they can't smear paint around a canvas with the best of 'em (sliding scale).


Cholla -- a 23-year-old equine artist from Nevada -- was taught the brush stroke four years ago after watching his owner paint fences. Cholla's "art" has been featured in galleries across the world. Seriously.

Taj -- a 68-year-old elephant -- enjoys eating, painting and short walks around her cage at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California.

But the real question...

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Tangie    

I thought this site was about celeb gossip....

2097 days ago
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LizBeth    

Wow!! Slow Day, huh? Are your reporters on vacation because lately your stories are lame.

2097 days ago
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Buster    

#2 When are they not lame?

2097 days ago
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LizBeth    

True!

2097 days ago
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Walter    

Sho 'Nuf is the Master!

2097 days ago
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PolarBear    

I'd like to see three artists set up in a row, with the Mona Lisa sitting in front of them, to see what sort of image results. The three artists: the horse, the elephant and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog.

2097 days ago
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Buster    

#5 Bruce Leroy is the Master!

2097 days ago
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pattie in cali    

i saw the paintings on EXOTIC WORLD GIFTS .COM its awesome, we are going to buy one of the paintings, theres no words to say how wonderful they are, must check it out, its awesome.

2097 days ago
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AryahMallory    

Do your homework, TMZ. The canvas is magnetized, as is the brush. Anyone who believes these animals are actually "painting" must also believe the things they read on your web site.

2097 days ago
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Mike    

YeeeeeeeeeeeAHHHH Bro! Painting Horses! Ker-AWESOME!!!!!!

Best part of TMZ is the re-occuring Horse "something" du week.

2097 days ago
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judy25    

OMG!!! I NEVER KNEW CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES WAS SO TALENTED!!!

SORRY CHARLES ; >

2097 days ago
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hoaxcrank    

ELEPHANTS in THAILAND paint flower. Watch the vids on youtube.

2097 days ago
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marilyn    

You can watch both of these animals paint on YouTube. Neither one is very good, but I'd say the horse is more interesting because it's holding a brush and not walking away from the canvas.

2097 days ago
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ebneila    

As I watched this precious animal guide his brush to create a tangibly unmistakable image of another of its kind on canvas, I found a tear had made it trace down my cheek. This animal painted an elephant apparently carrying a flower with purpose and forethought. Compared to the way these poor creatures have been treated, who is to say what it meant to depict offering a thing of beauty, a concept thought only attributed to humans! What other wonderous thoughts and unexplored talents within those huge magnificent brains has man yet to learn from them?

2096 days ago
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ebneila    

What a shame most of you people cannot grasp the wonderful reality of higher thought processes in animals around us. They are anything but "dumb", as too many people think. The fact elephants can create a very recognizable images that express, motion, prespective, proportion and shading as well as intent, is absolutely astonishing. This particular elephant demonstrates an ability with a paint brush many humans cannot duplicate! Wake up and appreciate the wonders of nature that are far beyond stupid gossip and breast sizes, which for the most part, are all lies anyway.

2096 days ago

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