Elephants are quite clever creatures. This vintage image from an 1877 page from the London News, a weekly newspaper, shows a vintage elephant from the late 1800s doing circus elephant tricks just like a dog. What a wonderful image of a funny elephant! Quite unique, this clever elephant is. The jumbo elephant is standing on its back legs, balanced, quite happy looking. The circus elephant is balancing his front legs on the upturned legs of a man who is lying on his back. How funny! Many of our fun elephant gifts have a soft paisley background.
About elephants doing tricks
Zoos and circuses have historically considered the large elephant an enormously talented animal, easily trained to do circus tricks, and crowds of onlookers are amazed by the intelligence of the circus elephant. Circus elephants are quite smart animals and can be easily trained. Elephants have been trained since Roman times as pack animals and to do circus tricks, but not always have they been treated well. Today, recognizing the elephant's plight, many modern elephants have been trained to do tricks using humaneness and kindness in the teaching methods. We have seen a few tricky elephants create original elephant paintings.