Monday, July 20, 2009

After 6 years,gay penguin dumps lover for widow

After six years of togetherness, the relationship between a pair of gay male penguins at San Francisco zoo has apparently come to an end, with Harry leaving Pepper for a widowed female penguin, named Linda. The Los Angeles Times has reported that the relationship between Harry and Pepper, who lived side-by-side, protecting eggs abandoned by other penguins, came to a shocking end when Harry moved into a neighbouring nest with Linda. The development has sparked a variety of reactions in the blogosphere, where Linda has been called a “home wrecker” who “lives for her own happiness, no matter who gets hurt”. Harrison Edell, a curator of birds at the zoo, had a more pragmatic explanation, noting that Linda’s recently-deceased partner was a leader of sorts among the small zoo penguin community, commanding not one but two nests. “For penguins, real estate means a lot. So as far as penguins go, she was a pretty attractive prospect,” Edell said.