Wednesday, 7th March 2012
In General Japan News, Japan Travel News,
Zoo entices alligators to mate using Japanese drums
A zoo in Japan has come up with an innovative aphrodisiac in a bid to entice its alligators to mate.
Staff are banging traditional tribal drums with the aim of mimicking the animals' natural mating call and encouraging the lethargic creatures to have sex, AFP reported.
In the past, keepers at Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo resorted to banging on the windows of the Chinese alligators' enclosure to spur them to reproduce, but renovations to their tank means that this is not possible.
With the new acrylic windows failing to create the right sound, large, traditional Japanese 'taiko' drums have been chosen to recreate the technique.
Speaking to the news agency, the zoo's Hideaki Yamamoto said that he thinks it is having an effect and they are going to continue using the technique during mating season.
"After listening to the drum performance, the female alligator Susu cried a few times but the male, Yoyo, appeared not to be interested," he said.
Meanwhile, a scientist in Japan has used spider silk to weave violin strings.
Written by Susan Ballion
Related news stories:
Tokyo zoo keepers give up Penguin search (12th April 2012)
Japanese zoo hopes panda cubs are on the way (5th April 2012)
Ueno Zoo says goodbye to Ling Ling (30th April 2008)
Red panda returned to Shizuoka Zoo after escape attempt (31st December 2015)
White tiger cubs born in Japanese zoo (5th April 2013)