Gay penguins are not something you usually hear about. At all. Ever. However, they’ve been in the news quite a bit recently, though it turns out this couple you see here is not even the first gay penguin couple; there’s one in China as well. Buzzfeed reported that this couple though, after a year together at the Odense Zoo in Denmark, became parents.
Prior to getting their own egg to incubate, this pair tried to steal an egg from another couple. While I am sure egg stealing is frowned upon, zookeepers didn’t hold it against the two. When a female penguin laid two eggs, but discarded one, the extra egg was given to the male couple. Before giving the egg, however, zookeepers wanted to make sure the guys were up to the task of properly incubating the egg. Previously they had tried to incubate a dead herring, so that seems fair enough.
Once the penguin pair proved they were up to the task (on an artifical egg and no I don’t know how the zookeepers could tell on a fake egg that penguins had done it right) they were given the real egg to incubate. The King Penguin’s chick was born last month, but whether it’s a prince or princess will not be determined for about 8 months.
Click below to see pictures of the new family. Also, I have included some other penguin pictures to illustrate that I really don’t know how you can be sure whether a penguin is male or female. They all look the same to me.
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