Arty elephant Karishma paints for charity

Karishma the elephant
Karishma the elephant showing off her artistic skills for charity at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire Photo: ITV Anglia

An elephant has been showing off her artistic skills at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire.

14-year-old Asian elephant Karishma uses a paintbrush held in her trunk to decorate a wooden elephant-shaped panel.

Karishma's works of art will be on display at the zoo during Elephant Appreciation Weekend on September 22 and 23, alongside nine wooden elephants which have been created and decorated by students from Central Bedfordshire College to represent each of Whipsnade's nine elephants.

Elephant keeper at Whipsnade, Elizabeth Callaghan says it demonstrates just how dexterous elephant's trunks really are.

It's the second year that Karishma has done a painting; her work of art last year fetched £200 at auction.

Working in partnership with newly formed tourism partnership Experience Bedfordshire and Luton Bury-park Business Community the wooden elephants are being placed in prominent locations around Luton before heading to the Zoo in time for the jumbo celebrations.

Karishma the elephant with paintbrush
Karishma the elephant's jumbo painting raised £200 for charity in 2011. Credit: ITV Anglia