Gay Penguins Become Surrogate Parents in China
I found this story today at The Daily Mail.
It seems Zoo keepers have determined that these two penguins are gay. They were thrown out of their colony for stealing eggs. The crafty little guys would go up to parents and lay stones at their feet and then run off with their eggs.
“Wildlife experts at the park explain that despite being gay the three-year-old male birds are still driven by an urge to be fathers.’
‘One of the responsibilities of being a male adult is looking after the eggs. Despite the fact that they can’t have eggs naturally, it does not take away their biological drive to be a parent,’ said one.
So the zookeepers took two eggs from “an inexperienced first-time mother” and are letting them raise the eggs themselves, a task at which they reportedly excel.
they have been separated from the rest of the colony “not because of discrimination, but so as not to disturb the colony during hatching time.”
This all came about because animal rights groups protested complaining that “it wasn’t fair to stop the couple from becoming surrogate fathers and urged zoo bosses to give them a chance.”
According to www.4clubbers.net (which I found while searching for wedding pictures and not because I am a clubber), “A Pair of Gay penguins are so loved-up they have been given a Wedding service.
The besotted male birds turned out to be such a great parenting pair their keepers thought they deserved a reward and let them marry.
They were once given the cold shoulder at the wildlife park in China for stealing heterosexual couples’ eggs to nest as their own.
But after being allowed to try out with eggs rejected by their mothers the couple have become the zoo’s best penguin parents.
Now keepers at Polarland Zoo in Harbin, north east China, have rewarded their devotion with a wedding day.
One wore a tie and the other was dressed in a red blouse – a traditional Chinese bridal colour – as they stepped into their icy wedding room to the music of the Wedding March.
Keepers then served them their favourite dish for the occasion – spring fish.
“They have been a good couple and deserved their reward,” said one keeper”