Denver Zoo’s famous flamingo couple Freddie Mercury and Lance Bass have split after several years together.
The zoo slipped the bomb in an otherwise celebratory Pride Month Facebook post last week in which it mentioned that flamingo flocks consist of “partnership collections” that include “not just male-female breeding pairs , but also strong ties between same-sex couples. .”
The message continued: “While our famous same-sex couple Chilean flamingo Lance Bass and American flamingo Freddie Mercury are no longer a couple, they were paired for several years and acted as surrogate parents if a couple breeder was unable to raise their chick.”
After several commenters demanded more information about what happened to the two lovebirds, the zoo posted a follow-up.
“Rest assured that Freddie and Lance are in good health, have not been separated and their breakup was amicable,” the zoo said. “Mating for life is not necessarily true for all birds, and our keepers have noticed that some birds in long-term relationships sometimes decide to move on and mate with other birds. “
Zoo staff first noticed Freddie and Lance together in 2014.
“We started noticing them hanging out and spending a lot of time together,” birder Brittney Weaver said in 2019. “We saw them engage in all this courtship behavior. When they finally built this nest, that’s when we knew.
During their years together, the two male birds have made national headlines and even caught the eye of man Lance Bass, who tweeted his approval of his avian namesake.
Their split actually happened in 2020, zoo spokeswoman Carlie McGuire told Denver’s KUSA-TV. Now Freddie, 52, has teamed up with a 14-year-old flamingo named Lommi.
Apparently no one saw it coming.
“Lommi has been around Freddie for most of his life with no prior indication of a relationship, so the keepers aren’t sure why these two decided to pair up,” the zoo said on Facebook.
Lance, 20, wasn’t so lucky in love after the breakup. Zookeepers did not notice him in a “concrete connection” with birds.
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