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Last Updated: Wednesday October 17 2007 06:24 GMT

Elephant has passion for painting

Five the elephant working on one of her paintings

Check out one of Five's pictures

A 16-year-old African elephant is keeping busy with a new hobby by trying her trunk at painting.

Five, who lives at the West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire, discovered her artistic side after a paintbrush was left in her enclosure.

She picked it up with her trunk and seemed to have a go at painting. Now she's made more than 50 works of art.

Five's even learnt to pick up the brush when her keeper says "paint" and put it down again when she is told "OK".

The safari park, in the west Midlands, said Five keeps painting with different colours until she's happy with her latest creation.

It said: "She has painted in excess of 50 works of art, in a unique style that wouldn't look out of place in any contemporary art exhibition."

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