Every fall in Puyallup the Reptile Expo brings many exotic pets, reptiles, turtles and tortoises to our area. In fact, with so many turtles and tortoises you would think that they must be easy to breed. Feb. 7, 2013 the London zoo proved that they actually can be very hard to breed, even if they call in someone to personally serenade them with romantic music.
They may not have been able to get in the mood during the performance but the Galapagos tortoises at London's zoo moved around in their enclosure with grace as the famous French pianist, Richard Clayderman, serenaded the pair with music from his latest album titled "Romantique." The music was intended to help the animals get in the mood to made. Although Richard’s performance was remarkable to the human ears the tortoises didn't seem to be impressed by the music. However they did perk up a bit with their keepers brought them carrots.
The Galapagos tortoises are the largest tortoises in the world and have life spans lasting over 150 years. Despite their size and longevity these gentle giants have struggled to defend themselves from predators and now face the threat of extinction. Richard says that his golden retriever loved to lie by the piano when he was playing, "so maybe it's good for the animals to listen to music." It’s a good possibility. For the tortoises though, his new style may not have been their cup of tea. He said "after playing all around the world - I used to do concerts in Asia, in South America, in Europe - it's funny to be here, in this very nice zoo."
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