Zoo keepers split up gay penguins

Tue. November 8, 2011 11:52 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

Toronto - Gay penguins Pedro, 10, and Buddy, 20, are being split up so they can bond with females and help save the species.

The two penguins were brought to the Toronto Zoo from Pittsburgh's National Aviary to have sex with the girls.

But they're far more interested in each other.

"The two girls have been following them; we just have to get the boys interested in looking at them," Toronto Zoo curator Tom Mason told the National Post. ""If [they] weren't genetically important, then we'd let them do their thing."

A couple of decades ago, 225,000 African penguins lived in the wild. Now there are only 60,000 and the number is continuing to drop quickly.

That's where the bird sex police come in. The "Chicago Population Management Center" keeps track of all the birds in captivity and tries to figure out who they should mate with next.