In their ongoing quest to elevate a chick, a few of African male penguins that rose to viral fame previous 12 months for stealing an egg from a heterosexual penguin few have now stolen the nest of two woman penguins.
The zoo announced the advancement on social media
previous week. Homosexuality is more widespread in this hen species, a tweet
from the zoo points out, adding that the two male penguins are using turns guarding the nest, which consists of two eggs.
“Immediately after getting an egg to hatch very last calendar year, they managed to hijack an complete nest this year at an unguarded moment,” zookeeper Sander Drost is quoted as declaring in a information release.
The two penguins are “a dominant pair” among the 17 penguins in the zoo’s care, Drost instructed Dutch Information.
Drost known as the male penguin few “extremely established” — but their wish to grow to be fathers could nevertheless not occur to fruition, mainly because the eggs were taken from a same-intercourse woman pair and for that reason are most probably unfertilized.
Previous 12 months, immediately after the two penguins stole the solitary egg, it turned out that egg was also unfertilized. The heterosexual pair whose egg was stolen laid an additional 1 immediately after the heist, the zoo reported in a information release at the time.
“Perhaps 1 working day we will welcome a chick that has been hatched by a gay few. Who knows, they may possibly do well future yr,” Drost said in the most recent information launch.
There have been a number of experiences of identical-intercourse penguin partners all over the planet pursuing fatherhood or motherhood.
Past August, Electra and Violet, a couple of feminine gentoo penguins at the Oceanogràfic València aquarium in Spain, adopted an egg and lifted the newborn chick that was hatched.
In October 2018, Sphen and Magic, two male gentoo penguins at Sea Lifestyle Sydney Aquarium in Australia, welcomed a feminine chick that was named Sphengic.
The tale of Silo and Roy, two male chinstrap penguins at the Central Park Zoo in New York that welcomed a chick named Tango in 1998, encouraged an award-winning kid’s book.