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A recent drum performance at a zoo in Sapporo to coax Chinese alligators to mate appeared promising but fell short of its goal, as the reptiles seemed excited by the sound, according to zoo officials.

Maruyama Zoo invited a local percussionist to play drums Monday so that a pair of Chinese alligators could hear a low-pitched sound similar to the noise they would typically make to each other during the February-March mating season.

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