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posted July 06, 2006 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for zenwarner     Edit/Delete Message
ZAGREB (AFP) - Suma, a 45-year-old elephant and long-time resident of the Zagreb Zoo, was bereaved and inconsolable after her pachyderm partner of tens years died of cancer.

Until she heard Mozart.

"Suma became very depressed after her roomie Patna died in early May," head of Zagreb Zoo Mladen Anic told AFP on Thursday.

"She was refusing to eat, became uncommunicative, showed all the signs of a serious depression."

Then, by sheer accident, Suma's keepers discovered that the healing power of Mozart extends to the animal kingdom too.

Earlier this month, the zoo the zoo organized a concert of classical music just opposite Suma's dwelling, Anic explained.

At the sight of five musicians preparing themselves to start a concert, Suma became very nervous and aggressive, peppering the intruders with little stones that she blew out of her trunk.

"But as soon as the concert started what we saw was really fascinating. Suma leaned against the fence, closed her eyes and listened without moving the entire concert," he said. Besides Mozart, she took in pieces by Vivaldi and Schubert too.

When zoo authorities realized that classical music seemed to help Suma cope with her grief, they bought a stereo and installed it so she could get a daily dose of music therapy.

The elephant especially adores Mozart, Anic said, but is also partial to the strains of Vivaldi and Bach.

"We are so glad that we can provide -- at what is a rather advanced age for elephants -- things that Suma really enjoys," Anic said.

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posted July 07, 2006 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for artlovesdawn     Edit/Delete Message

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posted July 07, 2006 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teaselbaby     Edit/Delete Message
I just love elephants.
Thank you for posting this.

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posted July 07, 2006 11:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nephthys     Edit/Delete Message
What a precious story!

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posted July 08, 2006 05:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for aqua     Edit/Delete Message
the power of sound ! musical sound ! amawing !

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posted July 12, 2006 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for angel_of_hope     Edit/Delete Message
Thats a beautiful mental image! What a neat story!! I love hearing about things like this.

Lots of light headed Suma's way!!

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posted July 14, 2006 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message

"There is no use trying," said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things." "I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Lewis Carroll

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