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