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Shanthi, a 36-year-old Asian elephant, is playing a harmonica and other instruments left within the reach of her trunk.
Do we really need to spell out that this is perhaps the best thing ever?
In a YouTube video posted Wednesday by the National Zoo, Shanthi demonstrates her skills, playing a harmonica that's attached to the door of her stall.
Elephant keeper Debbie Flinkman says she plays tunes even when no humans are around. Recently, they were giving another elephant a bath when they overheard Shanthi playing enthusiastically.
"I think what's really amazing with the little ditties that Shanthi comes up with is that, musically, they really do have a beginning, middle and end," Flinkman said in the YouTube video.
"They have a repetitive part that has some beat you could actually follow, and it has a big crescendo at the end. And we all know that there's going to be a crescendo," she said.
Shanthi seems to be musically inclined -- she also likes to tap things, flap her ears against objects to make noise and rub her leg against shrubs to repeat noises.
Shanthi was a gift from Sri Lanka and is the mother of 10-year-old Kandula. No word on whether Kandula is following in her musical footsteps.