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Denver Zoo rhino celebrates 12th birthday by playing the piano using his lip

Music-loving rhino at the Denver Zoo celebrates his 12th birthday by playing an original song on the piano using his UPPER LIP

  • Bandhu, a male greater one-horned rhino, loves making music on the keyboard that his caretakers provide for him as part of his enrichment  
  • In honor of his birthday on May 18, the Denver Zoo shared a heartwarming video of the talented rhino tickling the ivories 
  • The footage that was shared on Instagram shows Bandhu banging the keys using his prehensile lip, and animal lovers can’t get enough of his original music  

A rhino at the Denver Zoo celebrated his 12th birthday with a performance of an original song that he played on the piano using his upper lip.  

Bandhu, a male greater one-horned rhino, loves making music on the keyboard that his caretakers provide for him as part of his enrichment.  

In honor of his birthday on May 18, the Denver Zoo shared a heartwarming video of the talented animal tickling the ivories. 

Too cute! Bandhu, a male greater one-horned rhino at the Denver Zoo, loves making music on the keyboard that his caretakers provide for him as part of his enrichment

Celebration: In honor of his birthday on May 18, the Denver Zoo shared a heartwarming video of the talented rhino tickling the ivories

Celebration: In honor of his birthday on May 18, the Denver Zoo shared a heartwarming video of the talented rhino tickling the ivories

The footage that was shared on Instagram shows a caretaker holding the instrument up to Bandhu’s mouth as he bangs on the keys using his prehensile lip — each song different from the last. 

‘It might be his birthday, but Bandhu wanted to treat you all to a special song he wrote all by himself,’ the zoo captioned the video. 

‘Using his prehensile lip to compose a tune is just one of the many ways we can use enrichment to mentally and physically stimulate the birthday boy.’  

Fan club: The footage that was shared on Instagram shows Bandhu banging the keys using his prehensile lip, and animal lovers can't get enough of his original music

Fan club: The footage that was shared on Instagram shows Bandhu banging the keys using his prehensile lip, and animal lovers can’t get enough of his original music

Loving it: Fans took to the comments to gush about the rhino, saying they love his music

Loving it: Fans took to the comments to gush about the rhino, saying they love his music

The clip has been viewed nearly 25,000 times and received some love from the Philadelphia Zoo, which gushed: ‘HE’S SO TALENTED.’

‘We’re getting the demo up o Spotify ASAP,’ the Denver Zoo replied. 

Other animal lovers took to the comments to praise Bandhu’s musical skills. 

‘This son slaps — I would buy it on iTunes,’ one person wrote, while another said: ‘Best thing we’ve seen all  dang day!’

‘Best song ever,’ someone else agreed.  

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