In an apparent world first, the newest chick in a Danish zooâ€™s King penguin colony has two dads.
â€śThis year has been extraordinary,â€ť zoologist Nina Christensen told the Star on Thursday.
Odense Zoo keepers realized two of their male King penguins were a couple about a year ago, she said. Then they noticed the gay penguins would try to â€śdisturb the other pairs and steal their eggs.â€ť
So far, not too odd. Penguins and swans in the wild do the same thing.
In brooding season, though, the gay penguins took to trying to incubate dead herring.
â€śThe keepers realized they seriously wanted to stay with an egg.â€ť
As fortune would have it, a female penguin started acting oddly as well. Sheâ€™d already delivered an egg with one male then dumped him and produced another with a different, already mated, male. Then she dumped him and abandoned the egg.