The gay rights movement has come a long way in recent years. With same sex marriages becoming legalised in more and more countries, previous prejudices and intolerances for same sex partnerships is finally becoming a thing of the past.
However, it seems homosexuality in the Animal Kingdom is still frowned upon. And not by fellow animals I may add, but by Zoo Keepers! And, before I start, no this is not based on some 1st series Mighty Boosh sketch. Take Buddy and Pedro for example. The pair of African Penguins, who built and shared a home together (okay, a nest) have been separated in order to mate with female Penguins. Apparently, the official stance is because they are endangered birds who must attempt to multiply, and while the Toronto Zoo strenuously deny reports of homophobia towards their animals, I just hope the Penguins don’t give in to the Zoo’s social pressures and comply against their will. As history tells us, that usually doesn’t make a very happy and fulfilling heterosexual marriage (see Oscar Wilde).
And although Buddy has quickly moved on to a female mate (either misconstrued as gay instead of bisexual by the press, or else just very fickle), it seems so far Pedro has been left out in the cold. It’s okay Pedro, stick some Beyonce on and act like he was never worth it.
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