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Gay Penguins Reunion: Buddy And Pedro Will Be Back Together By Spring / ‘Gay’ Penguins to Be Separated at Zoo [VIDEOS]

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Buddy and Pedro's time apart from each other will be brief.

Pink News reports that the so-called "gay" penguins will be reunited by the spring, according to a Toronto Zoo official.

"There will be a limited time of separation but it will not be permanent," Tom Mason, the zoo’s Curator of Invertebrates and Birds told Pink News. "No matter what happens all the penguins will be re-united by spring."

The Canadian Press previously reported that the two African Penguins, are due to be separated so they can find female penguins to mate with. African penguins are endangered, with fewer than 26,000 breeding pairs of the penguins remaining, as of last year.

Even though their intentions may be for the good of the species, some outlets, like The Star, have called on the zoo to let Buddy and Pedro be.

... at its core the story of Buddy and Pedro is about happiness, whatever form it comes in, The Star writes. "That has rightly captured the hearts of people around the world. The zoo should go with the flow.
But Mason told The Canadian Press that the penguins' relationship is more like a "social bond" than a romantic one.

"People have a very strong tendency to anthropomorphize things," Mason said. "They try to think of penguins as humans -- and they're not."

Ironically, it seems the quicker Buddy and Pedro mate with females, the sooner they'll be able to get back together. "If Buddy and Pedro show no interest in mating with a female, they will need to be separated for a while," Pink News reports


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Toronto Zoo to separate two "gay" penguins so that they can breed.

The amorous connection between two inseparable male penguins will soon come to an end when the Toronto Zoo pairs them with females.
“The males will be put in with a specific female so they have the chance to get to know one another, and if they bond, that’s what we’re looking for,”   Bill Rapley, the zoo’s executive director of conservation and wildlife, told ABCNews.com.

Buddy, 21, and Pedro, 10, lived in a zoo in Toledo, Ohio, before traveling to Canada to become part of the Toronto Zoo’s first African penguin exhibit in 18 years.

Zookeepers quickly observed courtship and mating behaviors that are typically  exhibited only between males and females.

“When you put things in captivity, odd things happen,”  Kevin McGowan of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y., told ABCNews.com. “The way penguins work is they do get paired for a long time. Basically, the only other penguin they care about is their mate, so it’s important for them to find somebody who’s compatible, and if you don’t have a normal upbringing then it’s difficult to say how ‘normal’ they can be.”

Buddy and Pedro, who were both raised in captivity, pair together every night, “bray” at one another, groom each other, and never seem to tire of standing alongside each other, the Toronto Star reported.

But because the penguins have “top-notch genes,” zookeepers want them to breed with females to help populate the species, which is endangered.

According to the Toronto Zoo’s website, the African penguin population initially declined because their eggs had been overharvested, and many of their habitats had been disturbed. Today, oil pollution and a shrinking food supply exacerbated by commercial fishing are the major threats to their existence.

 
The zoo is now engaged in a species survival plan to help the species populate.

But just because Buddy and Pedro are placed with females doesn’t mean they will want to pair with them, which might pose a challenge to the zoo’s attempts at animal husbandry.

“They don’t necessarily do what you want them to do, and what can be kind of tricky is getting them to accept the mate you want them to have,” said McGowan.

Part of the reason penguins tend to be so picky about their mates, he said, is because rearing chicks is “one of the hardest working times of their lives,” McGowan said. “There’s an awful lot of feeding.

“You can imagine if you’re going to invest so much time and energy in a chick … you would be choosy [about your mate] in that situation,” he said. “And the penguins are relatively choosy.”

Buddy might have an easier time adapting than Pedro. Before Buddy arrived  at the Toronto Zoo, he paired with a female for “quite a few years,” and they had eggs together, Tom Mason, Toronto Zoo curator of birds, told ABCNews.com.  ”After she passed away, Buddy was put with Pedro at the other zoo [in Ohio] and now they’ve been put in here to specifically breed with females. We’re setting up colony of 12 – to maximize genetics and avoid inbreeding.”

But when the breeding season is over, all the birds will eventually return to the same enclosure, and “if Buddy and Pedro want to be together … they will be back together, ” said Mason.

 

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Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on November 21, 2011 at 10:50pm

@kcrunchone straight up propaganda ,a move to indoctrinate people to the subject matter !

Comment by kcrunchone on November 21, 2011 at 10:31pm

Not worth looking into. These people are so into trying to get people on the gay band wagon it is sickening. Two male penguins not having sex are not Gay penguins what stupid s***

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on November 18, 2011 at 3:20pm

Comment by One Love on November 16, 2011 at 7:15pm
@Bombahdrop where are you? Did you go in hiding or you join jamrocklady and take your medication today?
Comment by StokeS on November 16, 2011 at 2:10pm
Comment by L.A. JACKSON 1 hour ago
I see everything BUT talk of them actually doing it together, so where is gay coming from? Shows how folks jump on a bandwagon real quick, based off of buzz words. These are animals - yall got too much time on your hands!!

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Comment by L.A. JACKSON on November 16, 2011 at 12:51pm

I see everything BUT talk of them actually doing it together, so where is gay coming from? Shows how folks jump on a bandwagon real quick, based off of buzz words. These are animals - yall got too much time on your hands!!

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