Updated: August 17, 2019 2:36:44 pm
A homosexual penguin couple at the Berlin Zoo are preparing for fatherhood after staff at the zoo decided to give them an egg to adopt. The decision was taken after zoo staff observed the couple trying to hatch a stone.
According to news agency DPA, the two king penguins Skipper and Ping were given an egg that was taken from a female penguin that is also housed at the zoo. The female penguin’s eggs have reportedly not hatched for a while.
The zoo announced the decision on social media as well:
— Zoo Tierpark Berlin (@zooberlin) August 13, 2019
A spokesperson for the zoo told DPA that the two male penguins had forged an intense relationship and had been attempting to hatch fish and stones for while. The spokesperson also said that the two penguins had been “exemplary parents” so far and were taking turns to warm the egg.
Here are some reactions to the news:
— Clara L (@ngoclaratweets) August 16, 2019
“They take turns carefully carefully nesting an egg between their feet in the hope that it will eventually hatch the chick they have both long sought.” Love this. https://t.co/VMHDc4himu
— Laura Jewett (@lauraj63) August 15, 2019
This is just lovely 💕 https://t.co/qmzklHcMUU
— Ammu Kannampilly (@akannampilly) August 16, 2019
I opened the news to find a same-sex penguin couple were raising an abandoned egg together. Now that’s the kind of news I’m looking for. K goodnight.
— Kiesza (@Kiesza) August 16, 2019
— Carolyn Wilson (@carolynewilson) August 14, 2019
. . . And Tango Makes Three pic.twitter.com/lGpxXOGtz9
— Karen Lavergne (@oatmeallvr) August 15, 2019
That cute and a good thing. They are nurturing a it together hope all is well . Against all odds things worked out, the opportunity for something good.
— Augusta Chambers (@spotavia) August 15, 2019
These gay penguins are expectant fathers and I am so proud of them https://t.co/NOmtIXlSAd
— aborted weed cousin (@mcavz) August 15, 2019
— Luis Sanchez (@luiscarloslvn) August 14, 2019
— Bry polar (@polar_bry) August 14, 2019
Gay icons oh my god https://t.co/1gjhQiHqp2
— ?? (@ceire_q) August 13, 2019
Same-sex penguin couples exist in captivity and in the wild and if the egg hatches it would be the first penguin to be born in the zoo in 20 years.
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