Jun 062016

penguins-gay-lesbianTwo lesbian penguins have just celebrated their first anniversary in Ireland and naturally they were given a “Yes” cake to celebrate the passing of Ireland’s same-sex marriage vote in 2015. The couple live with their heterosexual counterparts in Oceanworld, Dingle which is in County Kerry.

They would have what the Irish would call a “grand” home that cost 1 million Euros, or approximately $1,122,350 USD. It mimicks the arctic like conditions.

The Couple

The couple, Penelope and Missy, has set up a nest and are devoted to one another.   Male bonding penguins have been written about in New York, Madrid and Berlin, but it seems that lesbian coupling is rare. Head penguin keeper, Kate Hall, spoke with the Irish Examiner newspaper and said:

“The ones in Central Park are icons for the gay community over there… They have a lot of fondness and affection for them.

“It’s definitely not an unusual occurrence although this time it’s two females.”

Going on, Hall said the pair had been showing signs of being a courting couple in the enclosure, saying: “The thing penguins do to show they like each other is they bow to each other and they are doing that.

“When they come into breeding season, they do it to the penguin of their choice and it reinforces the bond between them.”

Back in 2012, two gay Gentoo Penguins which had for six years yearned to be parents, were given their own egg to rear in Madrid.

Roy and Silo in New York’s Central Park Zoo hatched an egg and the young chic, Tango, became part of the story of this family in printed form.   Right wing Christians have lobbied to ban the book whenever it appears on shelves.

The Male Danish Penguins Arrive

Even the Irish at this aquarium got it wrong – when the introduced a pair of Danish male penguins to Penelope and Missy.  So far, the pair have only eyes for one another.


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