Oh thank goodness!!
Earlier, we sadly reported that Buddy and Pedro, the two African male penguins who experts say have "bonded," were going to be split up so that they could be paired with females. With only a quarter of a million African penguins left, the Toronto zoo plans for the penguins to mate with the females for the sake of their endangered species.
But, thankfully, the separation will only be temporary, according to Tom Mason, the zoo’s Curator of Invertebrates and Birds. He says:
"There will be a limited time of separation but it will not be permanent. No matter what happens all the penguins will be re-united by spring. If Pedro and Buddy wish to get back together, they will be welcome to do so."
Phew! We were so worried about how lonely they would feel without each other. No worries, Buddy and Pedro! You will see each other very soon. Love conquers all!
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He's so brave!
This video was sent to us by Teddy reader David Jacobs.
David shot this penguin's leap on a recent trip to South Africa.
On his youtube page he asks viewers to DONATE to help protect South African penguins.
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Sort of. At least now it has a bit more protection.
Last week, the Interior Department announced that the African penguin will be listed as an endangered species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The cute little creatures have suffered a massive decline in numbers since preindustrial times. Over the past few decades, over 95 percent have vanished!
But being put on the list offers the penguins new protection as well as raises awareness to their plight. Under the new Endangered Species Act, the penguins will receive some conservation funding and more research will be implemented to improve their numbers.
Wonderful! They're all so cute, we'd hate to think of them disappearing for good!
[Image via WENN.]
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