February 19, 2005
Developing rock solid relationships
Trying to get three gay penguin couples back on the straight and narrow, zoo officials in the northern German town of Bremerhaven hoped Swedish penguin ladies would do the trick. So far, there's been no success."Feathered queens" obviously flock together. And while it's true that a stone will never hatch, they're less work than a penguin hatchling. Plus, the meddlesome bureaucrats are bad enough already with the conversion therapy. Does anyone really think they'd leave child raising to the parents?
I think the bureaucrats ought to let them keep the stone eggs. If they must engage in anthropormorphic antics, they could always name one of them "Pebbles."
Years ago I had a beautiful pair of albino Oscars (Astronotus ocellatus) I'd raised together in the hope they'd breed. They did the mating dance, and they even laid eggs and went through the protecting rituals. Unfortunately, the "male" never fertilized the eggs, and as it turned out, I had a lesbian couple. They were completely bonded as a pair though, and had I attempted to introduce an intruder, they'd have killed him immediately. Oscars are remarkably intelligent fish, and they bond for life. These bonds are so strong that if the fish are separated, they'll often die of depression. It killed me to have to part with the lesbian Oscars (somehow that sounds like a special award), but I found a woman who agreed never to separate them. I think that whether in animals or people, bonding is as important as (if not more important than) sexuality, with the latter flowing from the former at least as often as the other way around. It makes sense, because bonding survives even when sexuality withers away from disease or old age. It begs the question of labels.
posted by Eric on 02.19.05 at 11:08 AM
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