(Image source: Sky News)


BY JESSICA SIBERT

One of Toronto’s hottest ‘It’ couples—two “gay” penguins named Buddy and Pedro—have been forced by zookeepers to part ways and move on. ABC News has more.

“Remember the Toronto Zoo’s gay penguins, Buddy and Pedro? Lets just say it may have been a passing phase. There was a bit of an uproar a few months ago when the zoo announced the male African penguins would be separated. Well, it turns out after their bromance break-up Buddy and Pedro have taken to two female mates and, according to zookeepers, are very interested in breeding.” 

Interested indeed. After the two were put in separate enclosures with female penguins, it took Buddy just 72 hours to fall in love with one of the ladies.

A writer for The Star says Buddy and Pedro’s new relationships make scientific sense -- but there’s still no explanation for why they were so close in the past. (Video source: CBC News)

“Scientists say that when a female shows up, that often spells the end for same-sex male bonds in penguins and other animals … However, that theory doesn't explain why Buddy and Pedro stuck together so closely and for so long in the mixed flock of 12 African penguins at the zoo.”

And was separating the two a cruel act of love lost? A zookeeper told the Toronto Sun it was necessary that the two mate with females, because their species is endangered.

“We had to set it up—it would have happened eventually because we have equal numbers of sexes. But what we had to do is make sure they were the right pairs. So that’s why we separated them because it could be they paired off with one that’s less genetically important and we couldn’t have that.”

The same zookeeper even said that -- not only has Buddy and Pedro’s relationship dissolved -- but they’ve been fighting, which could be dangerous if they weren’t separated by mesh wiring. A writer for Gawker isn’t surprised -- and wonders if this isn’t the penguin version of ‘Brokeback Mountain.’

“Of course this happened. When they were broken up and told their love was wrong, they were doomed…this is a tale as old as time. Thanks Toronto Zoo for ruining gay love for everyone.”

The star-crossed lovers will have the chance to rekindle their romance later in the spring when all of the zoo’s penguins will be put in an enclosure together.

Toronto's 'Gay' Penguins Find New Female Partners

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Dec 13, 2011

Toronto's 'Gay' Penguins Find New Female Partners

(Image source: Sky News)


BY JESSICA SIBERT

One of Toronto’s hottest ‘It’ couples—two “gay” penguins named Buddy and Pedro—have been forced by zookeepers to part ways and move on. ABC News has more.

“Remember the Toronto Zoo’s gay penguins, Buddy and Pedro? Lets just say it may have been a passing phase. There was a bit of an uproar a few months ago when the zoo announced the male African penguins would be separated. Well, it turns out after their bromance break-up Buddy and Pedro have taken to two female mates and, according to zookeepers, are very interested in breeding.” 

Interested indeed. After the two were put in separate enclosures with female penguins, it took Buddy just 72 hours to fall in love with one of the ladies.

A writer for The Star says Buddy and Pedro’s new relationships make scientific sense -- but there’s still no explanation for why they were so close in the past. (Video source: CBC News)

“Scientists say that when a female shows up, that often spells the end for same-sex male bonds in penguins and other animals … However, that theory doesn't explain why Buddy and Pedro stuck together so closely and for so long in the mixed flock of 12 African penguins at the zoo.”

And was separating the two a cruel act of love lost? A zookeeper told the Toronto Sun it was necessary that the two mate with females, because their species is endangered.

“We had to set it up—it would have happened eventually because we have equal numbers of sexes. But what we had to do is make sure they were the right pairs. So that’s why we separated them because it could be they paired off with one that’s less genetically important and we couldn’t have that.”

The same zookeeper even said that -- not only has Buddy and Pedro’s relationship dissolved -- but they’ve been fighting, which could be dangerous if they weren’t separated by mesh wiring. A writer for Gawker isn’t surprised -- and wonders if this isn’t the penguin version of ‘Brokeback Mountain.’

“Of course this happened. When they were broken up and told their love was wrong, they were doomed…this is a tale as old as time. Thanks Toronto Zoo for ruining gay love for everyone.”

The star-crossed lovers will have the chance to rekindle their romance later in the spring when all of the zoo’s penguins will be put in an enclosure together.

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