World-renowned pianist Richard Clayderman held a 'private concert' today to serenade endangered giant tortoises to try and get them to mate.
Clayderman, whose track 'Ballade Pour Adeline' is one of the biggest selling classical recordings of all time, played the famous tune on a grand piano transported to London Zoo's giant tortoise enclosure.
The zoo's Galapagos tortoises, 70-year-old Dirk and his three female companions, Dolores, 13, and Dolly and Polly, both 17 looked suitably impressed with their private recital. The hope is the romantic music may make them more affectionate.
Counting is underway at London Zoo, as workers conduct the zoo's annual census. Zookeepers across the country have begun the mammoth task of counting each and every animal in their collection for a new year census.