Thursday 22 February 2018

'Brokeback Iceberg' penguin finds female mate

Buddy (left) and Pedro in their enclosure at Toronto Zoo. Photo: AP
Buddy (left) and Pedro in their enclosure at Toronto Zoo. Photo: AP

ONE of the male penguins from the infamous "Brokeback iceburg" couple, has found a female mate.

Toronto's zoo separated a pair of male penguins, Buddy and Pedro, last month to boost numbers of the endangered birds. The birds' unlikely affection for each other drew headlines around the world with cries of "Brokeback iceburg".

The zoo said today that following the forced separation, one of the penguins, Buddy, has mated with a female. Pedro has yet to get lucky, but officials say it's not for a lack of trying.

The birds' separation was one zoo officials said was necessary because penguins are an endangered species and the two needed to mate with females.

Curator Tom Mason describes their bond as social - not sexual - and says when the birds rejoin the general population, they are likely to stay with their female matches go their separate ways.

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