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Gay penguins move from Berlin Zoo to Hamburg Zoo so they can stay together

Two male king penguins have been moved from Berlin to the Hamburg Zoo after they failed to breed and were thought to be gay.

Penguins at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.
Image by Chris Larkee / CC BY 2.0

Speaking to The Local, Berlin Zoo spokeswoman Christiane Reiss, said that Stan and Olli had not had any interest in breeding with other female penguins.

Penguins at Edinburgh Zoo.
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“They never bred. And when it came to courtship, they only mated with one another,” she said. “They’re gay, as far as we know.”

In their new home in Hamburg, Stan and Olli have undergone a name change, becoming Kalle and Grobi.

Penguins make a break for it at Odense zoo.
Image by Ben James / CC BY-SA 2.0

In their new home they are free to be themselves and will not be expected to breed, as they’re to be kept in a male-only penguin enclosure with other gay penguins like Juan and Carlos.

Penguins have previously been known to be homosexual.