A lesbian penguin couple has found
happiness at the Ramat Gan Safari zoo in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Zookeepers only recently realized that
Suki and Chupchikoni, two young Jackass penguins, are both female.
“We couldn't say for sure who's male
or female,” Mor Porat, spokeswoman for the Safari Zoo, told the
AFP. “We had Suki and Cupchikoni, believed to be the male, as a
couple building a nest together and courting each other. We had to
check their blood as part of an Avian malaria study which revealed
that Cupchikoni was a she, a female.”
“Yes, it seems they are [a] proud
lesbian couple. They can be seen courting each other in the yard.
It seems they feel very happy together.”
Like many other penguin species,
African penguins are incredibly social birds that live in colonies
and generally mate for life.