Zoo hires Marvin Gaye impersonator to help monkeys 'get it on'

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By stefan armitage

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A monkey wildlife park has hired a Marvin Gaye impersonator to help encourage its primates to "get it on".

Yes, despite our animal instincts, some of us still require a little stimulation before jumping into bed with the next mate they see.

Would it hurt to have a couple of glasses of red wine first? Is it too much to ask for a little conversation first? And would somebody please put on some Marvin Gaye?!

The soulful voice of the late R&B singer is the perfect accompaniment to any romantic evening, and his 1973 hit 'Let's Get It On' is the ultimate way to fast-track your way to some passion in the bedroom.

Of course, I'm talking about humans here - but that didn't stop one wildlife park in the UK from attempting to use some Marvin Gaye vibes to help their animals to "get it on".

The Trentham Monkey Forest in Stoke-on-Trent, England, boasts 140 Barbary macaques roaming freely as they would in the wild.

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However, Trentham Monkey Forest explains on its website that "every new addition is so important for the protection of the species" - and therefore, some monkey lovin' has to be occurring.

In an effort to set the mood for the macaques, the wildlife park invited Marvin Gaye impersonator Dave Largie to come and serenade the monkeys with a rendition of Gaye's sexiest song, 'Get It On'.

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On its Instagram page, the park shared a photo and video of Largie's performance, along with the caption: "Over the weekend, Monkey Forest had a VERY SPECIAL GUEST!

"The monkeys were treated to a LIVE PERFORMANCE from love song legend 'Marvin Gaye' to help boost the monkey love at the forest this mating season."

Per the park's website, Largie also sang a few more of Gaye's biggest hits, which apparently made the monkeys feel "very relaxed and full of love". The park adds that there was some "classic Barbary macaque ‘lovey dovey’ behavior" occurring, such as "grooming and teeth chattering".

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Speaking of the serenading, the park's director, Matt Lovatt, said: "We thought it could be a creative way to encourage our females to show a little affection to males that might not have been so lucky in love. Females in season mate with several males so paternity amongst our furry residents is never known. Each birth is vital to the species with Barbary macaques being classed as endangered.

Lovatt added: "Birthing season occurs in late spring/early summer each year, so hopefully Marvin’s done his magic and we can welcome some new babies!"

Well, one thing's for sure - I'll certainly be chattering my teeth at my wife tonight and hoping for the best.

Featured image credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

Zoo hires Marvin Gaye impersonator to help monkeys 'get it on'

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

A monkey wildlife park has hired a Marvin Gaye impersonator to help encourage its primates to "get it on".

Yes, despite our animal instincts, some of us still require a little stimulation before jumping into bed with the next mate they see.

Would it hurt to have a couple of glasses of red wine first? Is it too much to ask for a little conversation first? And would somebody please put on some Marvin Gaye?!

The soulful voice of the late R&B singer is the perfect accompaniment to any romantic evening, and his 1973 hit 'Let's Get It On' is the ultimate way to fast-track your way to some passion in the bedroom.

Of course, I'm talking about humans here - but that didn't stop one wildlife park in the UK from attempting to use some Marvin Gaye vibes to help their animals to "get it on".

The Trentham Monkey Forest in Stoke-on-Trent, England, boasts 140 Barbary macaques roaming freely as they would in the wild.

[[facebookwidget||https://www.facebook.com/trenthammonkeyforest/posts/10158820041148727]]

However, Trentham Monkey Forest explains on its website that "every new addition is so important for the protection of the species" - and therefore, some monkey lovin' has to be occurring.

In an effort to set the mood for the macaques, the wildlife park invited Marvin Gaye impersonator Dave Largie to come and serenade the monkeys with a rendition of Gaye's sexiest song, 'Get It On'.

[[instagramwidget||https://www.instagram.com/p/CZq-RWprGmz/]]

On its Instagram page, the park shared a photo and video of Largie's performance, along with the caption: "Over the weekend, Monkey Forest had a VERY SPECIAL GUEST!

"The monkeys were treated to a LIVE PERFORMANCE from love song legend 'Marvin Gaye' to help boost the monkey love at the forest this mating season."

Per the park's website, Largie also sang a few more of Gaye's biggest hits, which apparently made the monkeys feel "very relaxed and full of love". The park adds that there was some "classic Barbary macaque ‘lovey dovey’ behavior" occurring, such as "grooming and teeth chattering".

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Speaking of the serenading, the park's director, Matt Lovatt, said: "We thought it could be a creative way to encourage our females to show a little affection to males that might not have been so lucky in love. Females in season mate with several males so paternity amongst our furry residents is never known. Each birth is vital to the species with Barbary macaques being classed as endangered.

Lovatt added: "Birthing season occurs in late spring/early summer each year, so hopefully Marvin’s done his magic and we can welcome some new babies!"

Well, one thing's for sure - I'll certainly be chattering my teeth at my wife tonight and hoping for the best.

Featured image credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy