World-renowned pianist Richard Clayderman held a private concert at London Zoo yesterday to serenade endangered Galapagos tortoises, in an effort to encourage them to mate.
Clayderman, 59, whose track "Ballade Pour Adeline" is one of the biggest
selling recordings of all time, played the famous tune on a grand piano
transported to the zoo's giant tortoise enclosure.
Clayderman said he jumped at the chance to perform
for the endangered species.
The zoo's Galapagos tortoises, 70-year-old Dirk and his three female
companions, Dolores, 13, and Dolly and Polly, both 17, remained emotionless at their private recital, despite the hope that the romantic music would make them more amorous.