We love gay dads, truly! And it looks like the Berlin Zoo may be getting a pair of them.
Two ten year old male penguins who have been showing signs of wanting to be fathers, have been given the opportunity to adopt an egg. And it’s coming with much less paperwork and red tape than for you or I!
“The two male penguins are acting like exemplary parents, taking turns to warm the egg,” zoo spokesman Maximilian Jaeger said in a statement. Since arriving at the zoo, they’ve been “warming” fish eggs and stones, trying to hatch a baby. We know that struggle, pretending that inanimate objects (sometimes even animate objects like dogs) are our children; such a queer experience. But now, after a female penguin abandoned an egg after failing to hatch others, they might have a real shot.
Of course there is an issue — no one knows whether or not the egg has been fertilized yet. If it has been, they would expect a pair of happy feet as early as September. Skipper, Ping, and their little pupper, that’s a christening we would like to attend.
These of course are not the first gay penguins. A pair of them were notably split up in 2011 in Toronto in an effort to mate with female penguins as their species is endangered. The mating was very successful so maybe these were bisexual or pansexual penguins in fact! Before them, in 2009 there was Z and Vielpunkt in Humboldt who successfully hatched an egg together. And even cooler than that, in Hamburg there’s an exclusive male community of penguins. This is actually where our hopeful fathers-to-be came from, prior to transferring to Berlin.
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