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Zoo tempts gay penguins to go straight

A German zoo has imported four female penguins from Sweden in an effort to tempt its gay penguins to go straight.

Penguins at Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen /Europics

The four Swedish females were dispatched to the Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen after it was found that three of the zoo's five penguin pairs were homosexual.

Keepers at the zoo ordered DNA tests to be carried out on the penguins after they had been mating for years without producing any chicks.

It was only then they realised that six of the birds were living in homosexual partnerships.

Director Heike Kueck said that the zoo hoped to see some baby penguins in the coming months.

She said that the birds had been mating for years and one couple even adopted a stone that they protected like an egg.

Kueck said that the project has the support of the European Endangered Species Programme because the penguins, which are native to South America, are an endangered species.

A biologist will be on hand to monitor the experiment.

But introducing the Bremerhaven penguins to their new Swedish friends may not be as successful as hoped after earlier experiments revealed great difficulties in separating homosexual couples.

In case they show no interest, the zoo has also flown in two new male penguins "so that the ladies don't miss out

www.ananova.com

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Gay Penguins Resist 'Aversion Therapy'

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: February 11, 2005 5:01 pm. ET

(Bremen, Germany) Attempts by a Germany zoo to "convert its gay penguins to heterosexuality have failed the zoo's director said Friday.

On Tuesday 365Gay.com reported that the Bremerhaven Zoo had imported four female penguins from Sweden which it hoped would split up its three gay penguin couples and turn the birds "straight". (story)

But the six gay penguins were not interested in dallying with the other sex, remaining faithful to their same-sex partners.

"The relationships were apparently too strong," said zoo Director Heike Kueck.

The gay males were separated from their mates and one by one the females were introduced. The males pined for their mates until they were reunited.

The three gay couples are part of the zoo's 10 penguin exhibit. The others are apparently straight and coupled. But, for more than a year zookeepers were mystified why the three couples didn't have any offspring.

They did the usual courting dances, built nests together, appeared to have sex, and still no little penguins. Finally they did a DNA test to see if there was something genetically wrong. That is when they discovered the three couples were all male.

Kueck called the attempt to get the penguins to mate with females a form of "aversion therapy", a practice that has never worked successfully in humans.

Nevertheless she said that another attempt will be made in the spring of 2006.

Gay penguins are not unusual. New York's Central Park Zoo, has Roy and Silo, who have been together for several years. As with one of the couples in Germany Roy and Silo put a rock simulating an egg in their nest and sat on it, keeping it warm in the folds of their abdomens. (story)

Similar attempts to introduce females to Roy and Silo also failed although the two no longer spend time together. Roy for a while spent time with a female penguin but ended early this year.

Gay penguins have also been found in Japan. Scientists at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, found about 20 same-sex pairs at 16 major aquariums and zoos in Japan. (story)

Following the 365Gay.com story on the German penguins the Bremerhaven Zoo was barraged with emails from LGBT groups.

"All sorts of gay and lesbian associations have been e-mailing and calling in to protest," Kuek said.

©365Gay.com 2005

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Zoo tempts gay penguins to go straight

A German zoo has imported four female penguins from Sweden in an effort to tempt its gay penguins to go straight.

Penguins at Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen /Europics

The four Swedish females were dispatched to the Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen after it was found that three of the zoo's five penguin pairs were homosexual.

Keepers at the zoo ordered DNA tests to be carried out on the penguins after they had been mating for years without producing any chicks.

It was only then they realised that six of the birds were living in homosexual partnerships.

Director Heike Kueck said that the zoo hoped to see some baby penguins in the coming months.

She said that the birds had been mating for years and one couple even adopted a stone that they protected like an egg.

Kueck said that the project has the support of the European Endangered Species Programme because the penguins, which are native to South America, are an endangered species.

A biologist will be on hand to monitor the experiment.

But introducing the Bremerhaven penguins to their new Swedish friends may not be as successful as hoped after earlier experiments revealed great difficulties in separating homosexual couples.

In case they show no interest, the zoo has also flown in two new male penguins "so that the ladies don't miss out

www.ananova.com

LOL - I just was about to post the same article...

Still wondering that this story seems to spread around the world. :huh:

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You must admit, that this is kinda funny but at the same time, serious.

I remember back a few years ago on The Discovery Channel one evening watching one of the wild animal show. They were looking at the wild life on a specific island which had different species of primates. One particular species practiced homosexual acts frequently. Even during the mating time.

This article also makes you wonder what kind of sense of humor the managing editor has, as stated at another Forum.

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I'm waiting for the far right to say we need to ban penguins from zoo because children don't need to see loving same sex penguin

i got my answers for them

ban the whole zoo, it don't stop with the penguin and it don't stop in your own goody goody two shoe family

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