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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The San Francisco Zoo reports that its gay penguin couple, Harry and Pepper have split up after six years. The pair had been so devoted to each other that caretakers had let them incubate an egg and raise the chick together.
Zookeeper Anthony Brown told the San Francisco Examiner, "Of all of the parents that year, they were the best. They took very good care of their chick."
But in the end it seems that Harry may have just been bi-curious. Linda, a widowed female, took a shine to the doting dad, entertaining him in the burrow of her late mate.
Brown says that molting season tends reshuffle penguin pairs. "It'll be interesting to see if Harry spends any of that time with Pepper," Brown said. "We'll have to wait and see."
The heart-broken Pepper could not be reached for comment, although there are unconfirmed reports of empty Ben and Jerry's containers piling up in his burrow. Zoo officials have not said who will get the Celine Dion CD's.