Pedro and Buddy are African penguins who are impossible to tare apart. Buddy is 20 and Pedro is 10 and moved to the Toronto Zoo back in May for the purpose of mating with some available females. The problem is that Pedro and Buddy have not mated with the other lovely female penguins. These two have exhibited signs of “courtship” as if to suggest that they are satisfied with their current arrangement. The zoo however has decided to separate the two and put them with each with a young fair female penguin in the hope they will mate. The problem is that the African penguin is considered to be on the verge of extinction. Because of this the Zoo feels they need to separate them to encourage breeding.
Now obviously this has created a stir around the world. How dare the zoo separate two “gay” penguins. The question has to be asked, will these two fall into the arms of other young fluffs or will they always be thinking of their real partners? As it turns out Pedro had fathered a few baby penguins before he met Buddy but will he ever go back to his heterosexual life? Obviously I am being facetious here.
Seriously? Gay penguins! How ridiculous has our culture become? It’s comical really. You might be aware that there is a popular story about “gay” penguins and I don’t mean Happy Feet. “And Tango Makes Three” is a book about Roy and Silo who raised Tango together as a couple. Unfortunately Silo took a new partner after one year with Roy and coupled with Scrappy – a female penguin. Silo and Roy do still interact but it appears their relationship was only a one year fling. Really puts a dent in the “born that way” belief, I have to think if penguins can switch so easily they must believe in sexuality as a choice.
This leads me to my actual point. Look they are penguins, cute birds who cannot fly and waddle like pregnant women. They are birds who do not have the intellect to make a conscious decision about sexuality. It’ silly to associate animals with homosexuality and to believe they can “choose” to be gay. For example male bed bugs will often try to mate with other males which cause a lot of abdomen injuries. Turns out they are just turned on by other bed bugs who have just finished eating. They get a little confused as they are bugs. Perhaps you have been to a dog park and witnessed male dogs demonstrate their dominance by… well you know what I mean. They are animals, lets not get too worked up here.
Maybe Pedro and Buddy are just good friends and don’t feel the need to mate.
Related: Two male penguins can’t just be friends and neither can Bert and Ernie. Read it here.Advertisement