Male bonding behaviour
In early February 2004 the New York Times reported a male pair of Chinstrap penguins in the Central Park Zoo in New York City were partnered, and when given an egg which needed incubation, successfully hatched it. Other penguins in New York have also been reported to be forming same-sex pairs.
This was the basis for the children's picture book And Tango Makes Three. The couple about whom the book was based, Roy and Silo, would see further interesting developments in their relationship when in September 2005, Silo left Roy for a female penguin.
Zoos in Japan and Germany have also documented male penguin couples. The couples have been shown to build nests together and use a stone to replace an egg in the nest. Researchers at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, found twenty such pairs at sixteen major aquariums and zoos in Japan. Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany attempted to break up the male couples by importing female penguins from Sweden and separating the male couples; they were unsuccessful. The zoo director stated the relationships were too strong between the older couples.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Last Tuesday night, I was able to see the Docu on Happy Feet in HBO. Its fun, especially the Tap dance scene of Mumble heeheh. Anyway, going back to the topic, I became so interested with Penguins. There's this wikipedia article that says Penguins have this Male-bonding behavior... pretty weird huh! Does this mean that if not most.. some of the Penguins are gay??