'Gay' penguins find female partners

Buddy, Pedro separated in hopes they would breed


It appears a female has come between a same-sex penguin couple at the Toronto Zoo.

Zoo employees split up the "gay" couple last month in hopes that Buddy and Pedro would breed with female penguins. On Monday, they said Buddy had mated with a female while Pedro is still trying, according to The Associated Press.

The African penguins had shared the nest they built since coming to the zoo about a year ago.

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

Buddy, who is 21, had a female mate for 10 years and produced some offspring before his partner died. Pedro, 10, has yet to produce any offspring, according to the AP.