Seemingly taking cues from NOM, Marcus Bachmann's "ex gay" clinic and other dangerous "conversion" centers, the Toronto Zoo has decided to break-up a gay penguin couple deemed in love and force them to mate with available females. Details follow.
Buddy and Pedro, like the famous penguin boyfriends at zoos in New York, Japan, Germany and SeaWorld Orlando, are inseparable, and by all accounts (considering what they're observed doing every night) are a monogamous gay couple.
But while you and I "ooh" and "ahh" at the undeniable adorable factor the pair eschews, zookeepers in Toronto are plotting a way to split the lovers up, and, perhaps even more traumatically, force them to breed with females.
Reports the Toronto Star:
Buddy and Pedro’s relationship, however you describe it, is destined to come to an end soon because they have a duty. 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.
Buddy, 20, and Pedro, 10, are in Toronto as part of the popular African penguin exhibit that opened at the zoo in May. The two, bred in captivity, were part of a group of 12 penguins — six male, six female — that came to Toronto from zoos in the U.S.
Even though zoo officials close to the pair admit that "they seem to be in a loving relationship of some sort," it is now time for Buddy and Pedro to pass along the genes they were brought to Toronto to hand off.
Considering the African penguin's designation as endangered, how do you feel about the Toronto Zoo's move to split apart love and force gay penguins into heterosexual acts?