Israeli zoo's female couple join list of same-sex penguin pairings

Posted by Will O'Bryan
January 17, 2014 3:35 PM |

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“They're living together, they have their own nest. We even saw them trying to mate a few weeks ago. They're also acting as if they were nesting. Obviously they don't have their own egg, but they’re doing everything like a couple of male and female.”

Mor Porat, a zookeeper at Israel’s Ramat Gan Zoological Center, speaking about two female penguins in her care, Chupchikoni and Suki. While the pair began nesting some months ago, only recently did zookeepers learn by blood test that both penguins are female. The Israeli zoo joins several others that have seen same-sex penguin pairings, such as the New York Central Park Zoo’s Roy and Silo. (NBC News)

[Photo: Penguins at Gan Zoological Center / NBC News

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