Music to mate by fails to put London tortoises in the mood

Even with a famous pianist serenading them, two endangered porpoises at the London Zoo were immune to romantic inspiration.

LONDON — No wonder they're endangered.

Galapagos tortoises at the London Zoo lumbered around impassively as famous French pianist Richard Clayderman serenaded them with music from his latest album, "Romantique."

The music — an attempt Thursday to put the reptiles in the mood to mate — appeared lost on the slow-moving giants.

Even a rousing rendition of "Chariots of Fire" did little to lift the tortoises' spirits. Dirk, age 70, and Polly only seemed to perk up when zookeepers brought them some carrots.

Galapagos tortoises are the largest in the world and can live for more than 150 years. But the gentle animals have struggled to fend off predators and are now under threat.

Clayderman said that it was "funny to be here."

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