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Gay Pair Are British Zoo's 'Best Penguin Parents'

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We all know that same-sex penguin pairings have shown themselves to be proud, and successful, parents to little penguin chicks. Zoos around the world, from China to Ireland, Israel to New York City, have reported on the happy duos. Now, a couple of avian papas, Jumbs and Kermit, are raising a youngster abandoned by its mother after the father refused to help incubate the fragile egg. According to zookeepers at Wingham Wildlife Park, the two dads are doing a bang up job.

BBC News reports:

Park owner Tony Binskin said: "These two have so far proven to be two of the best penguin parents we have had yet."

Jumbs and Kermit were first seen pairing up in 2012, leaving two females without mates.

"Whilst it was nice to see two of our birds pair up, it actually meant that we were left with not two but four birds unable to reproduce within our collection," Mr Binskin said.

In fact, the male-male pair was part of the reason Hurricane, the quick-to-leave father of the new chick, was brought into the zoo, to reproduce with the female penguins. Despite the ensuing difficulties, zookeepers are happy to have the devoted dads amongst their penguin population.

Mr Binskin said: "Whilst pair bonding often results in no result other than eliminating those two animals from the breeding population of that species, in captivity it can have greatly positive effects.

"We are still very much starting our breeding efforts with this species, and this is only our second year of breeding, but having such good surrogate parents available should we need them is a huge bonus for us."

Cheers to Jumbs and Kermit!

Photo via Wingham Wildlife Park.


Irish Aquarium Reports Pair of Gay Penguins

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Ireland's Dingle Oceanworld says that a pair of gay penguins have reportedly revealed themselves by setting up a nest together, the Irish Examiner reports:

The Irish duo are one of five couples which have paired off for the breeding season at the polar exhibition which mimics the icy conditions at the South Pole in the Kerry Aquarium.

The head penguin keeper, Kate Hall, said same-sex couples are not unheard of in the penguin world, although it is usually two males who pair off.

"It’s definitely not an unusual occurrence although this time it’s two females."

She said Missy and Penelope have been displaying all the signs of a courting couple in their enclosure, which is home to a dozen of the black and white creatures.

"The thing penguins do to show they like each other is they bow to each other and they are doing that.

Here on Towleroad we've followed many gay penguin pairs over the years, including Suki and Chupchikoni at Israel's Ramat Gan Zoological Center, Buddy and Pedro at the Toronto Zoo, Harry and Pepper at the SF zoo, Z and Vielpunkt at the Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany, two great parents at a Chinese zoo, and of course NY's Silo and Roy, who were immortalized in the controversial children's book, And Tango Makes Three.


Lesbian Penguins Discovered At Israeli Zoo

Zookeepers at Israel's Ramat Gan Zoological Center have discovered that two of their young female South African Jackass penguins — Suki and Chupchikoni — are in fact a lesbian couple.

JackassZookeepers originally thought that Suki (the smaller one) was female and that Chupchikoni was a small-sized male. However, a blood test revealed that both are female. And though they have reportedly not yet built a nesting burrow together, they have set up a scrape for storing nesting materials.

The two females have also chosen to pair together despite having plenty of other single young males in their area to choose from.

Gay penguins have become a common occurence at zoos around the world, including New York's famous gay Chinstrap penguin couple Roy and Silo as well as pairs in Germany and Canada.

Though Roy and Silo eventually became the subject of the oft-banned children's book And Tango Makes Three, they actually split up after Silo paired off with a female named Scrappy. Meanwhile, their daughter Tango grew up and got into a lesbian relationship with a female penguin named Tanuzi.


Stephen Colbert Debuts 'Big Gay Round-Up' Segment: VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert debuted a new 'Big Gay Round-Up' segment last night and took on the Defense authorization bill and its rule banning 'hot Navy seal on actual seal' sex, and the Toronto Zoo's 'ex-gay' penguins.

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Gay Penguins Buddy and Pedro Have Mixed Results in Female Breeding Attempt

Back in November I posted about the Toronto Zoo's plans to force gay penguin couple Buddy and Pedro to breed with females, a plan that was met with much objection from the general public.

PenguinsSo how did it go?

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.


Bill O'Reilly and Dennis Miller Get Hysterical Over Gay Penguins: VIDEO

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The ten-year-olds can't contain themselves.

MILLER: The one gay penguin’s name is Pedro. And here’s my problem: has anyone seen papers on Pedro? Is he even here legally for God’s sake?

O’REILLY: That was my question. Wait they --

MILLER: Listen, Billy. How do you even know when a penguin’s gay? Is their corner of the penguin habitat inordinately tasteful?

O’REILLY: No, they wear tight t-shirts.

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