December 4, 2008

Walrus plays the sax

Keepers of a walrus at an Istanbul, Turkey, zoo said the water mammal's repertoire of human imitations includes the ability to play the saxophone.

Sara the Walrus' Russian trainer, known as Sergiy, taught the whiskered wonder to hold the saxophone between its flippers and blow a note for the crowd at the Istanbul Dolphinarium, which opened to the public Monday, The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.

Officials said Sara's talents also include blowing a train whistle while dressed as a railway platform conductor.

The walrus is also well known for catching roses and skills with balls and hoops.