Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Same Sex Irish Penguin Couple

April 2, 2014

The Penguin Post has learned that in a country where homosexuality was only made legal as recently as 1993 Ireland’s first gay penguin couple have set up a nest together in the country’s only gentoo penguin colony. The same-sex pair, Penelope and Missy, are exhibiting all the signs of a courting couple in their  polar ice home in Dingle’s Oceanworld.

They are following in the footsteps of a number of famous international same-sex penguin couples including long-time pair, Roy and Silo, from the Central Park Zoo in New York City, along with a King penguin couple in a Danish zoo which became adoptive fathers to a chick from an abandoned egg.

The Irish duo are one of five couples which have paired off for the breeding season at the polar exhibition which mimics the icy conditions at the South Pole in the Kerry Aquarium. The head penguin keeper, Kate Hall, said same-sex couples are not unheard of in the penguin world, although it is usually two males who pair off. “The ones in Central Park are icons for the gay community over there,” said Ms Hall. “They have a lot of fondness and affection for them. “It’s definitely not an unusual occurrence although this time it’s two females.”

She said Missy and Penelope have been displaying all the signs of a courting couple in their enclosure, which is home to a dozen of the black and white creatures. “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.

“It is very sweet to watch.”GayPenguins_large

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Is Irish Penguin Lonely or Lazy?

August 23, 2011

The Penguin Post has been made aware of a video of a lonely, or lazy penguin at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork.  Depending on if you’re a glass half lonely or half lazy kind of person.  The video of the unresponsive penguin has become a recent internet sensation, garnering over 70,000 YouTube hits.  The clip taken by blogger Sean McEntee shows feeding time at the park, when all the penguins scramble towards a golf buggy bringing their dinner except for one, which stands alone and- if it isn’t just our imagination – looks forlorn. But, really what is going through this penguins mind?  Only he (she) knows for sure.  Fota Wildlife Park tweeted earlier today “One of our penguins has become a YouTube sensation”. The clip has also been picked up by the website I Can Haz Cheezburger (who dubbed in some soft, slow piano music for extra effect). But perhaps we shouldn’t feel too sorry for the little fella. Sean McEntee wrote on his blog: “People have speculated as to why the penguin didn’t move when the rest did […] The lone penguin is standing in the area where the penguins get fed, so he was probably just smart and very experienced. “Why move when I know the food is going to come to me?”  Obviously, Sean is in the lazy camp.

Lazy, lonely or....perhaps just not hungry.

Penguins Set For Dingle

November 6, 2010

The Penguin Post has learned that about a dozen breeding penguins are to be placed at the Dingle Oceanworld aquarium, as part of an ambitious new polar room which pays homage to a west Kerry Antarctic explorer.

The display in the facility, costing almost €1 million, is linked to explorer Tom Crean, who hailed from nearby Annascaul, and took part in three polar expeditions during the “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration”.

The penguins are being introduced from British and Irish zoos and will include mainly the gentoo and rockhopper species – smaller breeds than the large and more famous Emperor penguin.

The polar room in Dingle will imitate the Antarctic’s icy conditions and will require one full-time penguin minder and at least two part-time staff, said marine expert Kevin Flannery.