04/17/2009 at 05:41 PM EDT
Did you hear the one about the painting elephant? Well, in central England, it's not a joke – it's a phenomenon! Five, a 16-year-old African elephant living in the West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire, has taken up painting as a hobby, creating more than 50 colorful works that, so far, have sold for upwards of 100 (nearly $150).
Bob Lawrence, director of wildlife at the park, tells the Birmingham Post
that Five discovered her passion for painting two years ago on a whim. "Every morning after the others had their baths, we put hoof oil on their toenails with a paintbrush, and one morning she picked the brush up herself and decided to have a go," he shares. "We thought we would extend that and we put an easel in front of her with a canvas and a selection of brushes to paint. She took to painting like a duck to water."
Five picks up her brush when prompted with the command "paint," and sets it down when she is told "okay." But reportedly
, she keeps painting with various colors until she's completely satisfied with her creation!