Today it’s been reported that the famous gay penguin couple, Buddy and Pedro, will be separated for breeding in efforts to save the African Penguin population from extinction.
“They have top-notch genes, so the zoo intends to separate them from each other and pair them with females for breeding. Given that African penguins are endangered, the move falls within a species survival plan among zoos,” the Toronto Star reported.
Buddy, 20, and Pedro, 10, have been in the Toronto African Penguin exhibit since May and have chosen one another as partners ever since. These days the penguins are showing signs that they are ready to breed by “braying” which is the traditional penguin mating call, which sounds similar to a donkey.
“They defend their territory, preen each other, and are constantly standing alone together. In fact when the Star visited the exhibit this week Buddy emerged from the water, followed a few moments later by Pedro. The two huddled together for quite some time,” added the paper. [The Star]
Watch some news coverage after the jump…