12:14 pm - Saturday May 30, 2015

‘Gay’ penguin couple, Buddy and Pedro, to be separated at Toronto Zoo to mate with females

Buddy (left) and Pedro (right)

‘Two girls have been following them; we just have to get the boys interested in looking at them,’ says zoo curator

BY Aliyah Shahid

Even love can’t keep a “gay” penguin couple together.

Two male penguins who have developed a budding romance at a Canadian zoo will be separated so they can mate and breed with their female counterparts.

Zoo officials told the Toronto Star that Buddy, 21, and Pedro, 10, were spotted engaging in courtship and mating behavior similar to those of female and male penguins.

The romantic gestures include sleeping together every night, defending their territory, making mating calls and constantly standing alone together.

The two African penguins were both raised in captivity in Toledo, Ohio, and recently began to pair off at the Toronto Zoo when they arrived for a penguin exhibit that opened in May.

Zoo officials want the two lovebirds to mate with females because their species is rare.

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