, an 11-year-old pianist is performing music
for lemurs at a zoo
while dressed as an alligator
Seenlada Supat has been performing weekly concerts at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo, southeast of Bangkok, to keep the animals
company while visitor numbers are low due to COVID-19
“I’m playing music to calm the animals and keep them company so they don’t feel lonely,” Supat told Reuters.
She dresses up as an alligator to blend in with her audience, which has included music-loving lemurs, meerkats, hippos, and zebras.
According to Inside Edition, Supat's music, a medley of Thai folk and pop songs, appears to be resonating with the zoo animals, particularly the lemurs, who frequently jump on the keyboard.
Supat has no problem with the lemurs getting up close and personal, which may bother some people
“I wanted them to be involved with me while I'm playing music,” she told Reuters, “and I don't mind because it's as if they're playing music with me as well.”
Tawin Rattanawongsawat, director of the Bangkok Zoo, stated that the animals enjoy Supat's performances.
“We noticed the animals reacting,” Tawin told Reuters, “they became curious while others appeared to enjoy the music.”