A pair of gay penguins named Skipper and Ping have been given the opportunity to assume the role of being parents. This happened when the penguins adopted an abandoned egg at the Berlin Zoo.
People.com, a website that provides news about celebrity and human-interest stories, stated in their article that these penguins are male emperor penguins who longed to be dads for a while now. The caretakers at the zoo believe that the penguins were manifesting “immediate baby fever” when they recently arrived at the zoo. Maximillian Jaeger, the Berlin Zoo spokesman, said in an interview that the penguins kept trying to hatch fish and stones.
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The zookeepers presented the gay penguins with an egg that had been left by a king penguin mother. This penguin mom is said to be the only female in the group of penguins but she had tried and failed to hatch eggs after several years. When they gave the egg to the gay penguins, they noticed that there was an instant connection between them and the egg.
“We just had to put it in front of one of the males,” keeper Norbert Zahmel said in an interview with Reuters. He added that this is the first time that they have tried to encourage having a same-sex penguin couple as parents to an egg. The penguins proved that they can be partners in taking good care of and warming the egg on their own.
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The public has to wait till the egg hatches since they’re still unsure of when will it happen. Skipper and Ping are not the first same-sex penguin couple to become parents. In 2018, two Gentoo penguins named Sphen and Magic fostered an egg in the Sydney Aquarium, and they were known as Sphengic.
Reports say that the male penguins started showing a strong bond just before the breeding season. This made it easier for the zoo administrators to pick them as foster parents.