There is a lot of heavy news at the moment, so here is something light hearted to hopefully make you smile. The London Zoo has pulled out all the stops to get their Galapagos tortoises, a specieis under threat of extinction, in the mood to mate. They hoped that hiring French pianist, Richard Clyderman, 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 particulary 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 Barry White? Or maybe some Black Eyed Peas “my Humps”. It happens. Galapagos tortoises live for over 150 years. That’s a long time to be with one mate. Here’s to hpping they’ll feel some external pressure like the rest of us and be able to get something going on today for Valentine’s Day.