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Denver Zoo introduces same-sex flamingo couple to celebrate Pride Month

Denver Zoo introduces same-sex flamingo couple to celebrate Pride Month

Despite different origins and a large age gap, Freddie Mercury and Lance Bass have found love.

No, not the famous singers. The two lovebirds are male flamingoes at the Denver Zoo. 

To celebrate Pride month, the zoo posted a photo of the pair on their Facebook page.

‘While these two males won’t be able to have a chick of their own, they are able to act as surrogate parents if a breeding pair is unable to raise their chick for any reason,’ Denver Zoo wrote on their Facebook page.

A long-term pair

Freddie Mercury, an American flamingo, was reportedly brought to the zoo in 1978. 

His beau, though, is a much younger Chilean flamingo that only hatched in 2001, CNN reported.

The zoo staff started noticing the two getting together several years ago.

‘This happened in 2014 that we started noticing them hanging out and spending a lot of time together,’ birdkeeper Brittney Weaver told CBS Denver. 

‘Then we saw them participating in all those courtship behaviors, and then when they finally built that nest, that’s when we knew.’

The couple have since been getting parenting practice through the use of a “dummy” egg, bird expert Mary Jo Willis told CNN.

Their famous namesakes

The two birds are both named after famous gay performers. 

Freddie Mercury, the late frontman of Queen, has a reputation as one of the greatest lead singers in rock music history. The queer singer died from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS in his home in November 1991.

Lance Bass was a member of the American pop boyband N*SYNC who came out as gay in 2006. He was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award that year.

Animals in same-sex relationships

Freddie Mercury and Lance Bass aren’t trailblazers in this area.

A pair of male gentoo penguins in Sydney, Australia, successfully hatched an egg last year.

Another famous penguin pair based in New York’s Central Park Zoo, Roy and Silo. The animal couple inspired the children’s book And Tango Makes Three.

Last month, the New York Post reported that an aquarium in Ireland had seen over a dozen penguins in same-sex couplings.