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 place as London Zoo.
Scientists have suggested that music can affect animal behaviour and some farmers have claimed that classical tunes have helped to increase the yield of milk and eggs from their livestock. (ANI)