Tortoises serenaded with classical piano music - video
Pianist Richard Clayderman performed the set of his new ballads at London Zoo to encourage the Galapagos tortoises to mate.
Clayderman, who was prominent in the 1970s, said: "Music is a powerful thing, and I would like to believe it has a positive effect on animals, as well as us. It certainly is an experience to play in such a well-known and romantic place as London Zoo."
The aim of the musical performance was to encourage couplings between 70-year-old Dirk and his female companions Dolly, Priscilla and Polly, all 17, and Dolores, who is 13.
Scientists have suggested animals are moved by music, and some farmers claim classical tunes in particular help to increase the yield of milk and eggs from livestock.
The outcome of Clayderman's romantic performance has not been made immediately clear as of yet.