In case you have trouble distinguishing your Griffin from your Cockatrice
It took me a bit to realize that this idea didn’t spring from Japan.
Elevating Letterman’s “Stupid Pet Tricks” to a whole new level, Lithuanian conductor Mindaugas Piecaitis has composed a 4 minute concert featuring…his cat Nora. The piece, titled “Catcerto,” was premiered by the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, with the soloist present via (heavily edited) video footage.
The quality of the piece is actually quite high, with the Times of London characterizing Nora’s improvisations as being “something halfway between Philip Glass and free jazz.”
Now, let’s hear it one more time, with feline!
[ Catcerto with Nora the Piano Cat / Youtube ]
[ Nora (cat) / Wikipedia ]
Apparently the elephant keepers in Thailand are tired of being shut out of the universal panda lovefest, and they’re not gonna take it any more!
Daily Mail reports on the pandamonium:
Sick of all the fuss, keepers at the Ayutthaya-Elephant Kraal decided to take drastic-action, painting five of their neglected giants in watercolour paint, then parading them before schoolchildren.
The stunt has resulted in panda-monium as the zookeepers try to draw the country’s attention back to its neglected giants.
Some told the Bangkok Post website that the keepers had gone ‘a bit overboard’, but others applauded their action.
‘Right on! It’s time the Government took care of its national symbol… the elephant!’ one reader wrote.
‘The Chinese have taken care of theirs so why not Thailand?’