Thursday, February 7, 2013

It's not happening at the zoo

William Congreve thought that music had charms to soothe the savage breast, but it doesn't seem to do much for slacker tortoises;

Galapagos tortoises at London's zoo lumbered around impassively as famous French pianist Richard Clayderman serenaded them with music from his latest album, "Romantique," on Thursday.
The music - billed by his record company as an attempt to put the reptiles in the mood to mate - appeared lost on the slow-moving giants. The tortoises didn't appear particularly impressed by Clayderman's hit, "Ballade pour Adeline," and even a rousing rendition of "Chariots of Fire" did little to lift their spirits.
They only seemed to perk up when zookeepers brought them some carrots.
So Shakespeare got it wrong too, music isn't the food of least for animals who live to be 150 years old. 

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