Published: Fri, August 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Gay penguin couple adopts egg after several attempts to hatch stones, fish

Gay penguin couple adopts egg after several attempts to hatch stones, fish

"We just had to put it on the feet of one of the guys, and he already knew what to do", says zookeeper Norbert Zahmel.

The two King penguins, Skipper and Ping, were given the egg last month, German news agency dpa reports. Once they arrived, it was immediately evident that there was a bond between them.

"A successful hatching would be great", added Zahmel. In the post, Calgary Zoo asks their followers to "join us in rooting for our littlest king penguin's continued health and survival!"

Berlin zoo hasn't had a chick since 2002, so both them - and the penguins - are hopeful that is.


In the wild, a male emperor penguin works to keep eggs warm after the mother has laid them, giving her time to regain her strength and gather food. After a female king penguin abandoned her egg, zoo keepers thought Skipper and Ping might want to adopt it. InsideEdition.com's Mara Montalbano has more. Zookeepers and veterinarians will continue to monitor the chick closely to make sure it has the best chance of survival.

Roy and Silo, a pair of male chinstrap penguins at the Central Park Zoo who hatch an egg and raise a baby chick together inspired the 2005 children's book And Tango Makes Three.

Described as "exemplary parents," the pair have been staying close to each other and protecting the egg from other penguins.

Gay penguins have been known to steal eggs from straight birds in an attempt to become "fathers", according to The Telegraph. After trying to incubate a rock, the two male chinstrap penguins successfully hatched and raised an adopted chick.

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