ElephantsWorld sanctuary in Wang Dong, Thailand is a retirement center for old working elephants. When Paul Barton of the U.K. first visited the center, he had a lightbulb moment, Simplemost reports.

“I wondered if these old rescue elephants might like to listen to some slow classical music.”

As a professional pianist, Paul was the perfect person for the job. He checked in with the staff, who gave him permission to bring a piano to the sanctuary.

He set it up in a clearing, and elephants can walk right up to him as he plays. They’re free to leave at any time—but many of them enjoy it enough to stick around for a while.

Piano Music for Romsai a Bull Elephant in Musth

NEW – Four short clips of piano for Romsai, a bull elephant in musth that span 3 years. The last clip was filmed last weekend.Normally a bull elephant in musth is extremely dangerous (as explained by the renown Elephantologist Richard Lair in this video. A bull elephant like Romsai can kill humans and other elephants when in musth. When I played piano for Romsai he often curled his trunk and held it in his mouth. Yai, Romsai's mahout, said this trunk-curling was unusual behavior for him and that with slow piano music he seemed to become less agitated than usual.Romsai was not chained in these videos and free to walk away. Romsai was not coerced, trained or tortured to react to music and does not work with tourists. Romsai lives at a caring progressive elephant sanctuary http://www.elephantsworld.org The "Red for Danger" rope around Romsai's neck in the 4th and most recent clip is there not to make his life miserable but is instead a visual warning to humans that this elephant is dangerous and for their safety must keep well away.Please donate to Elephants World:http://help.elephantsworld.orgKhwan Barton wildlife artist website:http://www.khwanbarton.com

Posted by Paul Barton on Saturday, July 23, 2016

In one video, a male elephant called Romsai sways softly back and forth as Paul plays “Moonlight Sonata.” Romsai was in musth, a time similar to a deer’s rut when male elephants become confrontational and aggressive. But listening to Paul play, he was as peaceful as ever.

In another video, Paul plays Chopin for an 84-year-old elephant named Nong Mai. Nong Mai doesn’t typically like people, but Paul’s music soothes her.

Paul’s story first went viral in 2018. A year later, he continues to play piano for his elephant audience members on a regular basis.

The elephants are retired working elephants who are too old or injured to continue working in the logging and trekking industry.

If anyone deserves to sit back and relax to some Chopin, it’s these guys!