London, July 19 (ANI): After six years of togetherness, the relationship between a pair of gay male penguins at San Francisco zoo has apparently come to an end, with Harry leaving Pepper for a widowed female penguin, named Linda.
The Los Angeles Times has reported that the relationship between Harry and Pepper, who lived side-by-side, protecting eggs abandoned by other penguins, came to a shocking end when Harry moved into a neighbouring nest with Linda.
The development has sparked a variety of reactions in the blogosphere, where Linda has been called a "home wrecker" who "lives for her own happiness, no matter who gets hurt."
Harrison Edell, a curator of birds at the zoo, had a more pragmatic explanation, noting that Linda's recently-deceased partner was a leader of sorts among the small zoo penguin community, commanding not one but two nests.
"For penguins, real estate means a lot. So as far as penguins go, she was a pretty attractive prospect," Sky News quoted Edell as saying.
With Pepper rejoining the ranks of the single, Christian website OneNewsNow.com took the split as a sign that "nature prefers heterosexual relationships." (ANI)