German zoo attempts to convert gay penguins

Ross von Metzke | February 15, 2005

BREMER, Germany — A German zoo attempting to break a group of gay penguins out of their homosexual ways has brought in backup: four sexy Swedish birds will make a bid to tempt these gay birds into mating.

Zookeepers at the Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremer, Germany requested four female birds be transferred from a zoo in Sweden after finding that three of the zoo�s five penguin pairs were actually same-sex couples.

In penguins, sex is difficult to determine, so zookeepers ordered DNA tests on all of the birds when, after years of mating, none seemed able to produce any chicks. Six of the birds had paired off in homosexual partnerships.

Zoo director Heike Kueck said the birds had been attempting to mate for years and, at one point, a pair had even adopted a stone as an egg and attempted to hatch it. Kueck said she hopes the introduction of females will result in baby chicks in the coming months, particularly because the birds, native to South America, are an endangered species.

Zueck said a biologist will be on hand to monitor the introduction of the Swedish birds, but added it may be a difficult process. Previous studies have shown great difficulty in separating homosexual couples in the animal kingdom.

Kueck told the Daily Times that in the event the new ladies don�t make the cut, the zoo has also flown in two new male penguins so �the ladies don�t miss out altogether.� – Issued by Gay Link Content




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