Skipper and Ping, two male king penguins residing at Zoo Berlin in Germany, arrived as a pair from another zoo in Hamburg in April. Zookeepers were able to tell the couple wanted to start a family soon after their arrival, since Skipper and Ping would take turns trying to incubate rocks and pieces of fish between their legs. We are sure they would be good parents because they were so nice to their stone. Orange, a year-old female named after her bright orange wings, laid an egg in July.
The Gay Penguins of Australia
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A pair of gay male African Penguins were discovered nesting an egg alongside heterosexual couples at the DierenPark Zoo Amersfoort in the Netherlands, Out. The zoo says the gay couple stole the egg from a heterosexual couple during an "unguarded moment. Breeding season is currently in full swing and the zoo has already welcomed the season's first penguin chick. They hope the gay couple's egg will also hatch but are not yet certain the egg has been properly fertilized. Same sex coupling appears to be fairly common among penguins, and in the animal kingdom in general. There have been several instances of same sex pairs adopting eggs at zoos, but they are typically provided by zookeepers rather than stolen by the penguins. In August, two male King Penguins at the Berlin Zoo reportedly adopted an egg after attempting to nest with several different objects including "a wet rock and a slimy fish.
Homosexual behavior in animals
Two gay African penguins with a history of mischief have carried out a brazen egg-napping at a zoo in the Netherlands, marking the second time the conspiratorial duo have stolen eggs from their neighbors. Penguins breed twice a year, and the two females who lost their brood will likely build a new nest shortly, he told DutchNews. Penguins typically share parenting responsibilities equally, so the work stays the same regardless of the pairing, as seen in other examples of same-sex penguin couples around the world. Earlier this year, gentoo penguins Electra and Viola welcomed a chick at an aquarium in Spain after successfully adopting, incubating and hatching the egg from another couple. After practicing with a dummy egg, they were eventually given one from a couple that had two, and they successfully hatched a female.
Standing side by side at the Berlin Zoo with their flippers touching, they take turns carefully nestling an egg between their feet in the hope that it will eventually hatch the chick they have both long sought. Except these two year-olds are both male — and the latest in a long succession of same-sex penguins that have coupled-up to adopt an egg. At zoos in London, Australia and New York, male and female penguins have for years entered same-sex relationships to incubate eggs into chicks, delighting zookeepers and some visitors while stirring anger and revulsion in others. Both unsuccessfully tried to hatch a stone for some time. Then zookeepers allowed them to adopt an abandoned egg.