The London zoo pulled out all the stops to get their Galapagos tortoises, a species under threat of extinction, in the mood to mate. They hoped that hiring French pianist, Richard Clayderman, to play his album “Romantique” would sexually arouse the creatures. No such luck.
Through “Ballade pour Adeline” and “Chariots of Fire” the tortoises “didn’t appear particularly impressed,” according to the Associated Press. They did appear to get slightly excited, however, when the zookeeper brought them carrots. Clayderman tried not to take the tough crowd too personally, acknowledging the possibility that tortoises are not big fans of “new romantic” music. Maybe they’d prefer something a bit more edgy to get it on to? Some New Order? Or maybe they’re just hitting a sexual slump. It happens. Galapagos tortoises live for over 150 years. That’s a long time to be with one mate. Here’s hoping they’ll be able to get something going on Valentine’s Day. [Yahoo]