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Pigging out

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Animal Magnetism

Breaking up a penguin couple

Zookeepers in Toronto have noticed something special about two of the zoo's male African penguins, Buddy and Pedro. It seems the pair are inseparable and, apparently, have been displaying mating behaviors, raising suspicions that they're gay. Though others zoos around the world, including Sea World in Orlando, have seen examples of gay penguins, the Toronto Zoo will put an end to Buddy and Pedro's relationship, referred to as "pair bonding'' in zoo speak. Because each has top-notch genes, the Toronto News reports that the zoo intends to pair them with females for breeding, as part of a species-survival plan.

Rescue reports

Cats can get stuck in chimneys, too

Talk about ingenuity. Firefighters in San Jose, Calif., climbed onto a house roof and used a clothes hanger attached to a pole to rescue a cat from a chimney. Kerry Idemoto, 50, said he first heard "meows" one night last week but was unable to reach the cat, the San Jose Mercury News reported Monday. Firefighters, using a specialized camera, found the cat cowering about 10 feet down the chimney. The rescuers attached a clothes hanger and a flashlight to a pole and were able to lift the cat out by its collar. "I got the feeling that even though this was a cat," Idemoto said, "the way they approach things (is the same as if) a house was on fire."

'Wheel' smart move

Making her mark may prove costly

File this under making a bad impression. A South Dakota woman is being sued for nearly $5,750 by a concrete company after apparently riding her bike on 195 feet of wet sidewalk. Big-O-Concrete, which poured the sidewalk in Mitchell, S.D., said Diana Reiner rode past orange traffic cones and ignored bystanders as she left a trail, forcing the company to replace the concrete, the (Mitchell) Daily Republic reported.

Compiled from Times wires services and other sources.

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