Gay penguins praised for their parenting skills

2014-05-16 11:13

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Cape Town – Two penguins have been praised by wildlife staff for their ability to rear an orphaned chick, what makes these two penguins special is that they are a gay couple.

The same sex couple, according to staff members from the Wingham Wildlife Park, have decided to help raise a chick that was abandoned by another couple within the same park.

According to a report by IBT, the biological father of the chick decided to leave all the parenting responsibilities to his partner, and when she could not fulfill the duties staff members decided to place the egg with the gay couple.

The hope was that the same sex couple would see the egg and potentially decide to raise the chick as their own.

According to Tony Baskin, the owner of the Park in Kent, the same sex couple had fought so much prior to receiving the egg that staff members had to separate the two male penguins.

The staff believed that because of their inability to produce an egg both penguins felt frustrated and lashed out at each other.

Staff members had noticed that another female penguin had abandoned her egg and decided to give the egg to the gay couple.

The couple took turns protecting the egg and on 12 April the egg hatched, said Baskin.

So far the couple have taken the chick as their own, feeding and protecting the infant constantly.

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