The Water Bowl: Toronto Zoo's Former 'Gay Penguins' May Soon Be Fathers

11/15/2012 at 11:35 AM EST

Gay Penguins Have Female Mates at Toronto Zoo
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Nearly a year after they began courting females, Buddy and Pedro, whose bromance once inspired some to think they were gay, may soon be parents. The African penguins and their female mates are two of the four pairings of endangered penguins at the Toronto Zoo who have laid, in total, six eggs. –Toronto Star

Do animals ever feel bored? A new study from researchers at Canada's University of Guelph suggests that animals living in less enriching environments may express this common human emotion. The experiment compared minks living in plain wire-mesh cages to minks who had access to a tunnel leading to a more open, stimulating space. –Discovery News

Lesson learned: A 16-year-old was bit at least six times by rattlesnakes after walking up a Jamul, Calif., hill in search of cell phone reception. "I'll never go out in the desert by myself," said the teen, still in recovery. "And I'll be sure to wear boots." –Los Angeles Times



A Long Beach, Calif., aquarium sea lion found a very special friend in a 5-year-old boy, who visits the animal every month. The duo's favorite game: their version of chase, in which the youngster takes his dad's keys and runs the shiny object along the glass of the sea lion's display. –Today

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