Adorable gay penguins set to celebrate one year anniversary
These are the adorable pictures of two-loved up penguins who will be celebrating their one year anniversary this month.
Peso and Squaddle, a pair of two-year-old males living at Folly Farm’s penguin enclosure, coupled up a year ago after shunning females looking to mate.
Staff provided them with a false egg so that they wouldn’t feel left out during breeding season, but the birds only had eyes for each other, and threw it out of their love nest.
Now as the 30 penguins enter another breeding season, the Folly Farm team say the young lovers are still as dedicated to one another a year on.
Catrin Thomas, Folly Farm’s penguin keeper, said: “We’re approaching breeding season and at around two years old, penguins become sexually mature, so we thought this year they may show some interest but they haven’t as yet.
“All the other penguins are busy making nests at the top of the penguin beach, scrambling around hurriedly and gathering twigs, but Peso and Squaddle stay by the pool preening each other.”
Catrin said: “Peso and Squaddle don’t seem to be interested in anything else but each other, and certainly not procreating.
“They’re just enjoying each other’s company.”
Humboltd penguins are monogamous and mate for life and can take a partner aged between two and eight-years-old.
Tim Morphew, Folly Farm’s zoo manager, said: “We wanted to mark the occasion and the year anniversary of Peso and Squaddle getting together.
“Everybody who comes to Folly Farm says theirs is a really sweet love story and we wanted to celebrate the fact they were still going strong a year on.”