Two female penguins have become nesting partners at Dingle Oceanworld in the Republic of Ireland – showing all the signs that they are in love with each other.
The two Gentoo penguins are part of a group of 12 at the sea life park and aquarium in Ireland’s County Kerry so if they had wanted to pair with a male penguin there were plenty of options for them.
Head penguin keeper Kate Hall told the Irish Examiner that same-sex couples had been documented among penguins before but most often they occur when two male penguins pair up.
‘It’s definitely not an unusual occurrence although this time it’s two females,’ Hall said.
‘The thing penguins do to show they like each other is they bow to each other and they are doing that.
‘When they come into breeding season, they do it to the penguin of their choice and it reinforces the bond between them. It is very sweet to watch.’
The penguins have been named Missy and Penelope