Two gay penguins become dad after adopting an egg

A couple of male king penguins at Berlin Zoo are fulfilling a long-standing aspiration to move toward becoming patents, by adopting an egg together.

The so-far anonymous egg was surrendered by its mom and is presently being taken care of by the two gay penguins. Ten-year-olds Skipper and Ping had recently shown their instincts as nurturers by attempting to incubate stones and even fish, a zoo representative said.

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Their encounter with the real thing came last month after a king penguin mother abandoned an egg – and they jumped at the chance.

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Zookeeper Norbert Zahmel said: ‘We just had to put it in front of one of the males. He immediately knew what to do. This is the first time we have tried to have a same-sex penguin couple incubate an egg,’

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So far the surrogacy appears to have worked out. ‘Both are taking care of the egg in a good way,’ he told local paper B.Z. The couple, both ten years old, moved to Berlin from Hamburg’s Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in April and are completely inseparable.

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