07 Nov '11, 4am

Zoo Plans to Split Up Same-Sex Penguin Pair

Zoo Plans to Split Up Same-Sex Penguin Pair

We here at Treehugger aren't ones to pry into the private lives of our animal counterparts, but sometimes their tales of romance are just too special to pass up. Earlier this year, wildlife experts at Toronto Zoo welcomed two new male African penguins to their popular exhibit, with the hope that the addition of a couple of spirited young bachelors would be a boon to the endangered species. And, as it turned out, love was in the air before too long, but not quite how anyone had in mind. Instead of setting their sights on the zoo's eager feathered females, penguins Pedro and Buddy formed what their handlers describe as a rare, same-sex 'pair-bonding'. Sadly, their romance is destined to be short-lived: the zoo plans on splitting them up as a way of getting them to make some much needed penguin babies. Pedro and Buddy were among a group of twelve captive-bred African penguins...

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