A couple of gay penguins are attempting to steal eggs from straight birds in an effort to become "fathers", it has been reported. There are known to be several gay penguin couples in zoos across the world. The two penguins have started placing stones at the feet of parents before waddling away with their eggs, in a bid to hide their theft. But the deception has been noticed by other penguins at the zoo, who have ostracised the gay couple from their group. Now keepers have decided to segregate the pair of three-year-old male birds to avoid disrupting the rest of the community during the hatching season. A keeper at Polar Land in Harbin, northeast China explained that the gay couple had the natural urge to become fathers, despite their sexuality.
Gay Penguins Steal Eggs From Straight Couples
Gay penguins steal eggs from straight penguins at the zoo - Star Observer
Two gay penguins at a Danish zoo "kidnapped" a chick from its straight parents after they neglected it, according to a zookeeper. They saw the chick had been left alone and hid it out of sight from its parents, the zookeeper from Odense Zoo claimed. The gay couple are seen hiding around a corner form the chick's real parents as they look for it. Head keeper Nina Christensen told the Standard: "The keepers could hear them calling the chick and the chicks have a special sound for their parents, so it was worried, and it was calling to them. After the situation was resolved, the gay couple were later allowed to adopt an egg of their own. Male penguins engage in mating rituals when they couple up with each other, including entwining their necks and sharing mating calls. New episodes every weekday from 4pm.
Gay penguins adopt egg after attempting to hatch stones at zoo
Gay penguins Skipper and Ping have been given the chance to be parents after taking in an abandoned egg at the Berlin Zoo. They presented the couple with an egg that had been abandoned by a king penguin mother, the only female in the group who had tried and failed to hatch eggs for several years, DPA reported. Gentoo penguins Sphen and Magic, collectively known as Sphengic, of Sydney Aquarium were given the chance to foster a real egg in October
King penguins Elias and Emil, both male, made their move while the parents went for a swim, according to a zookeeper at Odense Zoo. Sandie Hedgegard Munck said the pair wanted to be parents themselves and must have perceived the chick to be neglected by his father. The female was searching for the baby, but not very hard.