LAMPANG, THAILAND - 1999/02/01: Elephant artists at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center. A mahout (elephant trainer) passes a brush to his artistic pachyderm. The elephants are adept at producing critically acclaimed paintings that are sold to raise money to help pay for their keep. These pachyderms would once have worked in the logging industry in Thailand, but since the nationwide logging ban they now have to either work illegally or find alternative work in the tourism industry. Here at the TECC the elephants entertain tourists in order to raise money.. (Photo by Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Animals Making Art

Elephants with trunk shows, pigs with portfolios, and more.

The style is abstract and the technique is a bit … primitive, but these works of art created by animals are still pretty cool. Here, a look at a few pieces — no opposable thumb required.

A Beluga paints a picture with a special paintbrush at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on September 17, 2013. The aquarium will show the Beluga's new attraction from the end of this month. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images) YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images BELUGA BRUSHWORK A talented beluga whale paints a picture using a special paintbrush at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, Tokyo. MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION: A pig called Malevich paints in downtown Moscow 01 July 2004 as a group of Moscow artists presented 'Animal Arts' action demonstrating animals painting skills. A pig, a crow and snails took part in the performance. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images) ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images PAINTING PIGLET A pig called Malevich demonstrates his painting skills in downtown Moscow.

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Barcroft Media via Getty Images Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) paints with paintbrush, while dolphin trainer holds the artwork, Dolphin Reef, Eilat, Israel - Red Sea. Jeff Rotman PRIMARY COLORS A bottlenose dolphin uses a paintbrush as its trainer holds up the canvas at the Dolphin Reef in Eilat, Israel. Artist Chimp At Work John Pratt TWO HANDS AND A FOOT This chimpanzee named Congo — once a celebrity at the London Zoo — is photographed in August 1957, hard at work on his latest painting. Chimpanzee seen here in London Zoo posing with his latest creation 17th May 1955 (Photo by Daily Herald/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images) Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images POSING LIKE PICASSO Congo with his work, 1955. Elephants painting pictures at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center at the National Elephant Institute Blaine Harrington III EASEL WORK A pair of elephants paint pictures at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center at the National Elephant Institute in Thailand.
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