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Denmark's Gay Penguins Become Fathers (Photos)

Posted by on Nov. 11, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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World first as gay King penguins become fathers


In an apparent world first, the newest chick in a Danish zoo’s King penguin colony has two dads.

“This year has been extraordinary,” 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 “disturb the other pairs and steal their eggs.”

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.

“The keepers realized they seriously wanted to stay with an egg.”

As fortune would have it, a female penguin started acting oddly as well. She’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.

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by on Nov. 11, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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gmadiane
by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 10:45 AM

what a nice story

kerryket
by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM

I thought they were cute, I love penguins.


momofsixangels
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM

adorable

hopealways4019
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM
Gay penguins, well alrighty
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StephanAndCoral
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM
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interesting I am glad they tried to help them instead of kill them for being different.

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