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Stan and Ollie are just two male penguins in love

King penguins Stan and Ollie have fallen in love with each other
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Yay Photography/flickr

Stan and Ollie are male king penguins who surprised German zookeepers after they weren’t interested in breeding with their female counterparts; they seemed more interested in each other.

The two birds were brought to the Berlin Zoo under the guidance of the European Conservative Programme (EEP) in an effort to extend the bloodline of the species.

However, zoo officials say these two fell in love with each other instead.

“They’re gay, as far as we know,’ Christiane Reiss, of the Berlin Zoo explained. “They never bred. And when it came to courtship, they only mated with one another.”

The zoo wasn’t too concerned with the couple’s refusal to breed, and sent them to Hamburg to live with another gay male penguin duo, Juan and Carlos.

According to Yale Scientific there are over 450 different animal species that exhibit homosexual behavior, the king penguin included.

This particular species show same-sex commitment by engaging in, “mating rituals like entwining their necks and vocalizing to one another.” 

Their new habitat at the Hamburg Zoo is the perfect place to settle down and be accepted by all.