Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This is the heartwarming moment a zoo owner plays the keyboard for his animals during COVID-19 lockdown and an elephant even appears to sway along to one moving number.
Igor Belyakov, who owns the Odessa Zoo in the city of Odessa in the southern Ukrainian region of Odessa Oblast, had to shut up shop on 12th March when the government introduced COVID-19 containment measures.
After nearly a month without seeing any visitors, Belyakov wanted to entertain the animals to keep their spirits up and he performed songs on his keyboard for them.
While many of the animals were nonplussed by the zoo owner’s performance, one elephant was filmed swaying along to the music.
According to Belyakov, he played ‘(Where Do I Begin?) Love Story’ for the monkeys, a composition from the musical ‘Notre-Dame de Paris’ for the elephant, and a Franz Shubert piano solo for the bear.
Meanwhile, his pack of wolves was treated to the Russian folk song ‘Murka’.
Belyakov is well known in the Ukraine for his unusual performances at the zoo.
In 2018, he dressed up as a dog and walked around the zoo with an actual pooch before sharing tea with the animal.
In 2019, Belyakov wore a pig costume to wish zoo visitors well for the new year.
Earlier this year, he wore a rodent costume to mark the Chinese year of the rat.
Netizen ‘Ekaterina Demidova’ commented: “I was shocked by how the elephant reacts to the music. I have never seen them do this before.”
‘Elina Belenkaya’ said: “This is so sad. I feel sorry for the animals, but the video is cool. I really enjoyed it.”
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