NY Zoo Animals Create Works of Art

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Central New York state may have its newest round of aspiring young artists -- and they may be working, literally, only for peanuts.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York, is presenting "Art Gone Wild."

However, the artists aren't people -- they're the zoo animals. The animals used their paws, rather than brushes, for the paintings.

Zookeepers say this is a great exercise in creativity and provides mental stimulation for the animals. They said it also creates some nice artwork for animal lovers.

"It's always nice when animals do things that parallel human activities because people can really relate to that," zoo spokeswoman Lorrell Walter told Syracuse.com.

"So when they see an elephant painting or any type of animal painting they think of themselves doing it," she said. "So it just really creates a nice bond between the person and the animal."

The artworks will be auctioned off at a charity function to raise money for the American Association of Zoo Keepers 2012 conference in Syracuse.

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