Canada's same-sex penguin pair to be split apart

Canada's same-sex penguin pair to be split apart

Credit: Toronto Zoo

Canada's same-sex penguin pair to be split apart

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on November 9, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 9 at 6:14 PM

TORONTO - Toronto's zoo is splitting up a pair of male penguins whose affection has drawn headlines.

The African penguins have shared the nest they built since coming to the zoo about a year ago.

But since the penguins are an endangered species, zoo officials plan to separate Pedro and Buddy so they can mate with females.

Tom Mason, the zoo's curator of birds and invertebrates, said Wednesday the pair has a "social bond."

The zoo has received hundreds of calls about them. Comic Jimmy Kimmel called their story "Brokeback Iceberg."

But Mason says they were part of a bachelor group of penguins that was waiting to be paired with females.

Mason said Buddy produced offspring with a female who later died. Pedro has yet to produce offspring.
 

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