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Gay Penguins Break Up


Friday, September 16, 2005




New York City's most famous gay penguin couple has split up.


Even worse, one of them has taken up with a female penguin new to the Central Park Zoo (search), the New York Post reports.


Silo and Roy, two male chinstrap penguins (search) native to the South Atlantic, made local headlines six years ago when they came out with their same-sex relationship.


Since then, the pair have successfully hatched and raised an adopted chick ? after trying to incubate a rock ? and become role models for six other same-sex couples among penguins at the zoo.


That all ended when Scrappy, a single female newly arrived from SeaWorld in San Diego, caught Silo's eye.


"Silo and Roy stopped spending as much time together or building a nest," said John Rowden, curator of animals at the zoo.


Silo promptly moved in with Scrappy, building a new nest with her. Zookeepers were at a loss to explain Silo's sudden conversion.


"Why does anyone bond? Why do people want to get married and divorced?" said Dr. Dee Boersma (search), penguin expert at the University of Washington in Seattle. "Presumably, they've got their reasons."


Silo and his hot-feathered home-wrecker have yet to produce an egg, but they've been busy trying.


On Thursday, Roy, all alone, sat disconsolately at the edge of the penguin area, staring at the wall.


"If you got divorced, would you want to see your old mate around?" reasoned Boersma.


Besides, she added, "he's probably courting other penguins, getting ready for next season."


Zoo Puts Humans Behind Bars


ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) ? Ever wondered how a lion feels, trapped in a zoo cage?


Visitors to Zagreb's zoo can find out, with two cages there set aside for humans as of Friday.


The cages ? which visitors will be able to enter and leave at will ? are labeled "Homo Sapiens" and are even partially furnished.


A recent exhibit at the London Zoo was partly for laughs. This project, launched by the head of the Zagreb zoo, Mladen Anic, goes beyond offering a behind-the-bars experience to warn about human devastation of nature.


"We wanted people to get a perception of how the animal perceive the cage," Anic told The Associated Press. "But we also wanted to inform people about all the ecological problems for which humans are directly responsible."


One cage is for "good man," and is furnished with things made of natural materials ? bamboo chairs, and water and fruit displayed on a wooden table.


The other, for "evil man," has materials that harm nature ? plastic chairs, and garbage in the corner, with a note above the mirror reading: "The most dangerous beast on the planet."


The "good" cage contains brochures on how to protect the environment; the "bad" one shows how it is being ruined.


"I hope this will make people think about the fate of ourselves and our planet," Anic said.


Already on Friday, dozens of people toured the cages. A group of youngsters amused themselves by throwing food to friends in the cages.

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Zoologist said a certain bat man was responsible. One of the penguins started seeing him, whereas the other hated him with a passion. At first, it was a riddle the penguin couldn't solve. Eventually, to make himself feel better, he wrote off his former partner as just a joker, not serious about their relationship. That penguin has lately been seen courting other members of the bird family, such as a robin.

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Sideshow Bob, is that you???

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