Elephant Debate: Are They Dancing to Bach or Exhibiting Signs of Distress?

Can’t we just enjoy this sweet moment watching the elephants dancing to Bach—they’re obviously enjoying the music, right?

Maybe not. Some commenters immediately began guilting us, saying she was using the elephants to promote herself, that animals in captivity sway like that when they are distressed or depressed. They had LINKS even.

Bah humbug! They were grooving to Bach. It’s delightful. Well, I really hope so. But they are circus elephants…

Besides, I have seen many people “dancing” who look completely brain damaged, and if removed from the party and put in a mental asylum doing that (dancing) would be quite at home. SO, who are we to say who is dancing and who is disturbed?

  • Winning comment of the day: “They are swaying in pain. Notice how their trunks go up and down. A clear sign of distress! Reported to PETA. Just kidding. Awesome video. I f***ing love elephants.”

The violinist is Eleanor Bartsch, who posted this yesterday. While warming up for a concert at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA, “I decided to go outside and play a bit for Kelly and Viola, 44 and 45 year-old elephants… I found out that elephants REALLY like Bach…”


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