As the Penguin World Turns
January 4 | 2 Comments
I love stretching out on the bed in the morning and getting a vigorous belly rub. I love barking by the kitchen window when I see my parents come home. I love cuddling with my old man on a Saturday afternoon in the spare bedroom.
What can I say, I’m just a love machine. I just hope my batteries don’t run out too soon.
But for humans, sometimes love doesn’t last. Just ask Jon and Kate, famous for making the other eight. Their true love turned into jealousy and selfishness. Oh well, it doesn’t always have to be that way.
Or does it?
Well it turns out, it does in the penguin world.
A pair of male penguins who have nested together for six years apparently broke up when a female penguin became available, say caretakers at the San Francisco Zoo.
Harry and Pepper, a pair of Magellanic penguins, started nesting together in 2003 and incubated an egg last year.
However, zoo keepers confirmed in early July that Harry has been nesting with a female penguin, Linda, for several months, said a report in the San Francisco Examiner.
Linda and Harry became friendly shortly after her long-term partner, Fig, passed away in the winter. Within a week of Fig’s passing, Harry was spotted in Linda’s burrow.
Harry and Pepper had a violent confrontation and zookeepers removed Pepper from the penguin colony. He has since been reinstated, but zookeepers say they’re concerned the upcoming penguin moulting season in late July could cause upheaval among penguin couples.
Zookeepers say it’s not the first time Linda has been involved in such a triangle. Several years ago, she left her longtime partner and moved in with Fig shortly after his partner passed away.
This story has it all; love, hate and violence. Add in a kid, a restraining order and a checkered past and you’ve got yourself the next March of the Penguins theatrical success.
I cans see it now – This Christmas…”Moult Off”…coming to a theater near you. Don’t miss it.
Here’s a video account of the strained relationship.