Gay Penguin Mates Split Over Fetching Widow
July 14, 2009
The two male penguins have been living together in the same habitat for for six years now, and even raised a baby surrogate chick as same-sex parents. All was domestic bliss until their next-door neighbor Fig died, widowing his mate, Linda.
Harry soon strayed unable to resist the amorous advances of Linda and is now residing with her in the widow’s burrow. Linda has a reputation as a hussy at the zoo’s Penguin Island exhibit anyway. She left a previous longtime male partner to nest with Fig within a few hours of the death of Fig’s previous partner.
“To be completely anthropomorphizing, Linda seems conniving. She’s got her plan. I don’t think she was wanting to be a single girl for too long,” San Francisco’s zookeeper, Anthony Brown, was quoted by UPI.
But the changing of couples during certain seasons is common, and so we wait to see if Harry and Pepper are reunited after the molting season.