Thursday, February 10, 2005

More Gay Penguins

For those who don't know-
Sea World San Diego has a pair of male penguins that have been together for something close to 10 years now (I think)
There are female penguins in the exhibit with them, but every year while all the penguins are doing their dances and trying to attract mates, these two male penguins always stick together.
And yes they mate.
Another amusing point-every year they pick a den-just like a M/F pairing would do.
And every year they have to fight off every other pair in the enclosure, because as we all know, gay males always have the best apartments :)
So anyway-
The pair of love birds were something of a sweet oddity and an interesting point of discussion any time it was brought up in the zoo communities.
Now today it turns out that a zoo in Germany has asked a zoo in Sweden to send over some female penguins-
Because they now have boys picking boys too!
Here's the press clipping-

Zoo tempts gay penguins to go straight

A German zoo has imported four female penguins from Sweden in an effort to tempt its gay penguins to go straight.
The four Swedish females were dispatched to the Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen after it was found that three of the zoo's five penguin pairs were homosexual.

Keepers at the zoo ordered DNA tests to be carried out on the penguins after they had been mating for years without producing any chicks.

It was only then they realised that six of the birds were living in homosexual partnerships.

Director Heike Kueck said that the zoo hoped to see some baby penguins in the coming months.

She said that the birds had been mating for years and one couple even adopted a stone that they protected like an egg.

Kueck said that the project has the support of the European Endangered Species Programme because the penguins, which are native to South America, are an endangered species.

A biologist will be on hand to monitor the experiment.

But introducing the Bremerhaven penguins to their new Swedish friends may not be as successful as hoped after earlier experiments revealed great difficulties in separating homosexual couples.

In case they show no interest, the zoo has also flown in two new male penguins "so that the ladies don't miss out altogether", Kueck added.


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