I've read my fair share of celebrity news on Lunch, but how about some zoo gossip? Or to put it more specifically, Magellanic penguin gossip? If you haven't heard already, Harry and Pepper, the well-known gay Magellenic penguin couple who live on Penguin Island at the San Francisco Zoo, have officially called it quits.
This is sad news because these eight-and-a-half pound, one-foot-six ex-lovers had been together for over six years. They were such a great power couple that zoo keepers even gave them an egg to take care of and become surrogate parents for. I've always loved trying to spot them at the zoo, and I loved reading stories about them in the news. Stories about their courtship (Pepper started visiting Harry a lot and eventually moved in), how opposites attract (apparently Pepper's the quiet loner, and Harry's a social butterfly), and how they could never be separated (if one got sick and went to the hospital, the other had to go along, too, or they would go "crazy") warmed my heart.
Sadly, it pretty obvious that Harry has recently left Pepper. For Linda. That's right, a female penguin. It appears that Harry now only has eyes for Linda after Linda's mate, Fig, died. What burns even more, for Pepper, is that Harry and Linda have shacked up in the burrow right next to his, and that Linda has even hatched two eggs with Harry. According to zoo keepers, there's animosity between the three penguins, and one time, Pepper even peeked into Harry and Linda's burrow just to see what his ex-mate had been up to. AWWWWWWWWWWWW.
You can learn more about Harry and Pepper in this CNN Report posted on YouTube:
The coupling of Harry and Pepper have brought up many questions, and points, as well as raised awareness, over the years, about homosexuality, and in general, sexuality, and whether this is natural or not, and has somewhat dispelled the stereotype that homosexual males can't be in long term relationships. Some of my friends have jokingly blamed the break up of Harry and Pepper on Prop 8.
Harry and Pepper actually weren't the first, nor the only, same-sex couple at the San Francisco Zoo. There used to be a lesbian Magellanic penguin couple, as well as same-sex lemur, flamingo, monkey, and elephant couples (if you want to read more about sexuality in nature, Stanford University's Joan Roughgarden wrote a great book about this topic called Evolution's Rainbow).
I haven't felt this way since Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe split up. I thought Harry and Pepper would be together forever. Despite all thats happened, I still wish Pepper and Harry the best of luck, and the ability to coexist peacefully on Penguin Island. Linda (homewrecker!), too. My heart aches for Pepper, but I'm confident that the little fella will find love again with another penguin dude (or dudette).
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