09 Nov '11, 7am

The Toronto Zoo to split up 'gay' penguins, hoping to preserve the species

TORONTO - Keepers at the Toronto Zoo have said that they are splitting up two male African penguins in an apparent same-sex relationship for the sake of preserving the species. The two male penguins - Pedro, 10, and Buddy, 20 - were brought to the Toronto Zoo in May from the United States' National Aviary in Pittsburgh so that they could "pair-bond" with a couple of eligible females, reported the National Post. Despite the fact that the two eligible females have shown an interest in Pedro and Buddy, zookeepers have noticed that the bromantic-duo have taken to spending their nights together nesting, as well as exhibiting courtship behaviours such as snuggling and making mating calls to each other. The Toronto Zoo said that they will isolate the pair from each other this week. The zoo's curator of birds and invertebrates, Mr Tom Mason, said that keepers would be happy to "le...

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