Harry and Pepper are the same-sex Magellanic penguin couple that once shared a nest at the San Francisco Zoo.
Despite their six-year relationship, Harry has switched teams and left Pepper for a female penguin in the exhibit.
Though the complex love triangle is ruffling feathers amongst the birds, David Mizejewski, naturalist for the National Wildlife Federation, says Pepper will soon get over the heartbreak.
He notes that animals cant afford to pine over their lost love and must get right back in the mating game.
Though Pepper may be territorial at first, Mizejewski assures hell be fine and doesnt foresee him moping around to lovelorn Sinead OConnor tunes outside Harrys new nest.
In fact, theres a possibility Harry will eventually come crawling back to Pepper.
Mizejewski says same-sex couples occur frequently in the animal kingdom, like in Bonobos and dolphins, though further study is needed.
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