Two German penguins from the Berlin Zoo are being moved to Hamburg’s Hagenbeck Zoo so that they could enjoy their lives together.
The two male penguins, Stan and Olli, were brought to the Berlin Zoo as part of the European Conservation Programme in hopes that they would mate with females. However, soon their care takers realized that they had bonded to one another, and were not interested in their female counterparts.
Berlin Zoo spokesperson, Christiane Reiss said: “They’re gay, as far as we know. They never bred. And when it came to courtship, they only mated with one another.”
The Hamburg Zoo, where Stan and Olli area headed, will not expect the couple to reproduce. The zoo actually already has a gay penguin couple—Juan and Carlos.
Male penguins pairing off and mating with one another is not that uncommon. There have been a few well-known male penguin couples in the past, one even which inspired the famous book, And Tango Makes Three. And recently, a rarer phenomenon occurred when Ireland had a female same sex penguin couple.
I wonder if there are penguins at the zoos in Mississippi….hmmm…