The Shanghai Zoo had to call the police yesterday due to disturbances caused by dancing aunties who refused to relocate, insisting that the amphibians enjoyed their music.
China’s square-dancing aunties, as innocuous as the hobby may seem, have become notorious for their noisy music and often inconveniently located gatherings.
Their courtyard cavorting has previously caused heart arrhythmias in pandas, but that hasn’t deterred this group of locals, most of them in their 50s or 60s, from dancing in the zoo most every morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.
The women, who’ve chosen the amphibian and reptile area as their disco arena, have been told repeatedly by staff to obey the rules, as their noisy music disturbs the animals.
“Other visitors have also complained about the loud music. It affects the animals and disturbs their reproduction activity,” a zoo official surnamed Ye said in a Shanghai Daily report.
One of the ladies, however, reasoned that “the animals enjoy the music and watch us dance.”
Ye said the zoo had reached an agreement with the dancers a while back to stay 10 meters away from the reptiles, but that’s all gone out the window.
He said that because of their age and because “some of them have high blood pressure and other diseases,” all they can do is try to persuade.