In the latest in a series of instances of same-sex zoo couplings, two gay German penguins at Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen are resisting attempts to split them up as part of a breeding program.

The zoo had imported four Swedish penguins to take part in the reproductive attempts with the penguins, Six Point and Slash. The pair instead remain devoted to nursing pebbles in place of their own eggs and were reunited after initially being split up in hope of taking on a female mate.

Zoo boss, Heike Zueck suggested the pair weren’t solely to blame, “The Swedes are rather standoffish.”

Gay groups have voiced their opposition to the separation attempts by the Zoo.

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