French pianist plays romantic songs to encourage tortoises to mate

London, Feb 8: Acclaimed pianist Richard Clayderman has been encouraging Galapagos tortoises to mate by playing romantic ballads for them at their enclosure at London Zoo.

The 59-year-old musician played a set of seductive songs on a grand piano to Dirk - believed to be over 70-years-old - and his female companions Dolly, Priscilla and Polly, all 17, and 13-year-old Dolores, Sky News reported.

Clayderman said that music is a powerful thing, and he would like to believe that it has a positive effect on animals, as well as on us.

He added that it certainly is an experience to play in such a well-known and romantic.

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