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February 10, 2006

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Now there have always been those that have argued that sexual orientation is only a matter of choice not genetics. Nevertheless, given the choice, some German males still stick with their buddies rather than going off with some hot Swede bred imports. I guess they prefer their local Bavarian sausage to a foreign smorgasbord.

According to a story from the online English source for German news, Expatica.com in Bremerhaven Zoo they've tried twice to get gay male penguins back onto the straight and narrow. Telling the difference between a boy and girl Humboldt penguin isn't an easy task. Therefore, the zoo has ended up with a surplus of tuxedoed dudes and these guy penguins don't mind. They just hook up with one another and look after pebbles from the ground as if they're eggs. They build a nest together and just take turns sitting on their love rocks together.

Bremerhaven Zoo officials decided to ship in female reinforcements from a Swedish zoo that had extras hoping the same sex sets of males would opt for the opposite gender once it was presented as no longer in short supply. Gay groups from around the world protested but the zoo claimed the species was in danger of dying out and it had nothing to do with trying to change the penguins. Apparently, even in the wild, penguins will demonstrate the same behavior whenever there is a shortage of females as a matter of practicality not personal preference.

When the zoo's first attempt to make the gays go straight didn't work last year, they blamed it on the females arriving too late in the mating season. However, this year the timing was supposedly optimal and yet, only the local female population was snapped up in record time, while the remaining local males chose to be with each other rather than the Swedish chicks.

Apparently, penguin homosexuality isn't merely an adaptive behavior used only when there's a shortage of female mates. At least, at Bremerhaven zoo the matter hardly seems so black and white.

Posted by Will Peters at February 10, 2006 4:47 AM

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