10 Nov '11, 2am

Toronto zoo plans to split apart same-sex African penguin pair so they can mate with females

Toronto zoo plans to split apart same-sex African penguin pair so they can mate with females

African penguins Pedro (right) and Buddy interact with each other at the Toronto Zoo in Toronto Nov 8, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS TORONTO (AP) - Toronto's zoo is splitting up a pair of male penguins whose affection has drawn headlines and jokes about 'Brokeback Iceberg.' 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. The pair has what's known as a 'social bond,' but it's not necessarily sexual, Tom Mason, the zoo's curator of birds and invertebrates, said on Wednesday. The zoo has received hundreds of calls about the pair. Mr Mason said he got a call from a group called the Canadian Society for Gay Animals. The story of the same-sex pair has gone viral online, leading to cheeky YouTube videos. Late-nigh...

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