Another set of gay penguins are making headlines for their desire to start a family, but this couple haven’t adopted an egg, they’ve stolen it. Maybe they watched Labyrinth and said, “Seems chill.”
The couple, who reside at DierenPark Zoo Amersfoort in the Netherlands, “acquired” the egg by mysterious means, according to zookeeper Marc Belt.
“The gay couple are looking after the egg very well and take turns in keeping it warm,” Belt told Dutch News. The zookeper added that “homosexuality is fairly common in penguins, but what makes this couple remarkable is that they have gotten hold of an egg.” Belt is unsure if the egg is actually fertilized, but the prospective parents will have to wait and see.
The Dutch penguins are only the latest to make headlines for their attempts to start a family. In September, couple Skipper and Pinga failed to fertilize their egg, news that absolutely devastated handlers at the Berlin Zoo.
“Our same-sex king penguin couple has finished brooding [their] egg,” the zoo announced at the time. “On September 2 the egg burst open and was unfortunately not fertilized. Surely they will get the chance to become parents again in the future.”
As Berlin Zoo spokesperson Maximilian Jaeger explained when Skipper and Pinga first adopted their egg, “same-sex penguin couples exist in their natural habitat.”
Hopefully the penguins at the DierenPark Zoo have better luck than Skipper and Pinga. We need more loving queer families in the animal kingdom!