Gay penguins become dads and turn out to be best parents in the zoo

A gay couple of male penguins has attempted to steal eggs from straight penguin couples, at the Polar Land zoo in north-east China. In an effort to hide their crime, the couple even placed stones at the feet of parenting penguins before leaving with their eggs.

“One of the responsibilities of being a male adult is looking after the eggs,” explains a zookeeper. “Despite this being a biological impossibility for this couple, the natural desire is still there.”

But their behavior has been noticed by the other penguins, and they have been ostracised from their group. Now pressure from animal rights groups and zoo visitors has forced keepers to give the pair some eggs of their own.

It wasn’t fair to stop them becoming parents and keep them apart from all the other birds just because of the way nature has made them,” said one visitor.

The happy couple have become doting dads after being given eggs laid by an inexperienced first-time mother.

“We decided to give them two eggs from another couple whose hatching ability had been poor and they’ve turned out to be the best parents in the whole zoo,” said a keeper.

“It’s very encouraging and if this works out well we will try to arrange for them to become real parents themselves with artificial insemination.”

Wildlife experts at the park say the three-year-old male birds are still driven by an urge to be dads.

“Despite the fact they can’t have eggs naturally, it does not take away their biological drive to be a parent,” said one.

3 thoughts on “Gay penguins become dads and turn out to be best parents in the zoo

  • January 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm
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    The actual story says that they were ostracized by the colony, and that they are taking them out of the group during hatching season. They were STEALING eggs from couples, and causing problems, so it actually DISPROVES that it is normal in nature, they were basically weird and kicked out of their peer group. IF this happened in our society it would be called KIDNAPPING, not cute…what a joke, funny how some will stretch a story to get out a point…

    BT

  • January 31, 2009 at 2:40 pm
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    ““It wasn’t fair to stop them becoming parents and keep them apart from all the other birds just because of the way nature has made them,” said one visitor.
    “Now pressure from animal rights groups and zoo visitors has forced keepers to give the pair some eggs of their own.”
    ““It’s very encouraging and if this works out well we will try to arrange for them to become real parents themselves with artificial insemination.”

    Dear God in Heaven!!!!!! How the HELL do people know what these birds “want”???????? and what is going through their minds….Im telling you, there must be some awfully bored people in the world to worry about the “rights” of two gay penguins….sheeesh!!

  • February 1, 2009 at 2:09 am
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    That’s just stupid!

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