Gay Couple Respected in the Flamingo Crowd

Gay_flamingosTwo Flamingos at the Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire, England, are celebrating their fifth anniversary together.

Like penguins, flamingos tend to swap partners each year and practice monogamy during that particular breeding period, but Carlos and Fernando have been together for five years, and a keeper at the reserve says they’ll probably stay that way forever.

According to the Telegraph, “The pair have reared three generations of adopted flamingos, by making off with the freshly laid eggs of their heterosexual neighbours.” Watch the wingnuts take off with that information and start calling homosexuals cradle robbers!

The gay flamingo couple demands respect from the other flamingos in their flock: “They are not picked on by the other birds. If anything they are afforded more respect because two males together can be a pretty fearsome prospect for the other flamingos.”

Carlos and Fernando are Greater Flamingos, native to the Mediterranean and Africa.

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Posted February 6, 2006 at 9:50am ETC by Andy Towle
in Nature