Gay penguins try to hatch egg after swiping it from straight couple
A same-sex penguin couple is anxiously waiting for their snatched egg to hatch, after kidnapping it from an unsuspecting heterosexual penguin pair.
The male African penguins at DierenPark Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands purloined the penguin egg in a moment when the “breeding” couple wasn’t paying attention, Dutch News reported. Their zookeeper, Marc Belt, says the lovebirds are doing “very well” with their bird baby to be, taking shifts keeping it cozy.
According to the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the egg could hatch at any moment per the African penguin’s mating schedule. However, zookeepers said it’s unclear at this time whether the egg is actually fertilized.
“Homosexuality is fairly common in penguins, but what makes this couple remarkable is that they have gotten hold of an egg,” said Belt, adding that the egg’s original parents don’t seem fraught as they have already produced a replacement.
Same-sex penguins across the globe have become gay icons for their outspoken love affairs and, more recently, success as adoptive parents. Last year, a pair of male Gentoo penguins named Sphen and Magic made headlines after they successfully hatched a chick that was given to them to incubate.
In September, Sea Life London took the gay penguin pride movement a step further when they announced that one of their same-sex couples, Rocky and Marama, would be raising their adoptive hatchling “genderless.” Graham McGrath, general manager of the aquarium, added that it’s “completely natural for penguins to develop genderless identities” in the wild.
Meanwhile, in Ireland, the Oceanworld Aquarium reported earlier this year same-sex penguin relationships have exploded to two gay and two lesbian couples at their facility. Just like any pair of lovers, animal manager Louise Overy said, “They woo each other with stones which the other partner uses to build a nest.”
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