Zoo Life

Gay Penguin Gets a Girlfriend

One of the gay African penguins at the Toronto Zoo, Buddy, has mated with a female. The coupling comes after he was separated from Pedro, the male bird with whom he had built a nest. Buddy and Pedro became famous for their cohabitation, but zoo officials separated them because the African penguin is an endangered species and therefore the two need to produce offspring. Pedro has yet to find a mate, but it turns out that Buddy’s female friend is not his first: the 21-year-old bird had a mate for 10 years before shacking up with Pedro. The two will rejoin the general population once Pedro finds a female mate.