‘gay’ penguins ‘healed’ … now chasing females – 01min

Posted: January 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Oh, wait, maybe they were never ‘gay’ to start off with.

Now these “animals are gay too” poster penguins have abandoned their LGBT fans. So sad.

Make no mistake – this was classified as “world news”, yes, some people make a big deal of this.

Toronto’s so-called gay penguins, Buddy and Pedro, have officially split, say zoo keepers, after one of them found a female mate. They were separated last month by zoo officials who said they needed to reproduce because African penguins are an endangered species. Buddy has now paired with a female, but Pedro has yet to get lucky, though it is not said to be for lack of trying. – BBC

Toronto’s zoo has split up a pair of male penguins whose affection for each other drew headlines and speculation about whether they might be gay. The birds’ separation was one that zoo officials said was necessary because penguins are an endangered species and the two needed to mate with females. The African penguins had shared the nest they built since coming to the zoo about a year ago. Zoo curator Tom Mason describes their bond as social not sexual and said when the birds rejoined the general population they were likely to stay with their female matches and go their separate ways. The story of the pair, who came to be known as Toronto’s “gay penguins”, went viral online. Late-night TV comics jumped into the icy waters of penguin passion. Jimmy Kimmel riffed on the story during a recent monologue, calling it Brokeback Iceberg and claiming the lovebirds were spotted at a Lady Gaga concert. – Guardian UK

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