Gay penguins no more: Buddy and Pedro find female partners, zookeeper says
The bromance between Pedro and Buddy, the potentially homosexual African penguins that made headlines last month when Toronto Zoo keepers said they would be split up for reproductive purposes, has come to an end.
Less than 72 hours after the union ended, Buddy successfully paired with female Farai on November 19, said Tom Mason, curator of birds and invertebrates at the Toronto Zoo, at a press conference.
They bonded “very tightly” Mr. Mason said.
However, life after Buddy might not be as easy for Pedro, who has been courting female Thandiwey for several weeks but has made no permanent moves.
“Pedro is very ready to go, per se, but his prospective mate… is a little standoffish,” Mr. Mason said.
The pair were split up to preserve the species, which has seen its numbers drop from 1.2 million in 1910 to 60,000 in 2010 and 50,000 now. (Photo: Mark Blinch/Reuters)