Just when you thought gay adoption couldn’t get more difficult—even animals can adopt easier than us! Penguins that is!
The Berlin Zoo announced that that a pair of ten-year-old male penguins, Skipper and Ping, have been given the opportunity to adopt an egg after showing signs of wanting to father one. The two have been warming fish eggs and rocks in the attempt to hatch a baby penguin so the zoo is going to give them a chance to make their dream a reality after the only female penguin in their group has abandoned her egg.
Zoo spokespersons Maximilian Jaeger and Norbert Zahmel said in a statement:
The two male penguins are acting like exemplary parents, taking turns to warm the egg.
We just had to put it on the feet of one of the guys, and he already knew what to do.
The pair of penguins have been inseparable since moving to the Berlin Zoo in April.
Skipper and Ping’s commitment to the egg is undeniable, but zoo experts still do not know if the egg is fertilized so the two male penguins may be in for a heartbreak. If they are lucky, the Berlin Zoo will welcome its first chick born to same-sex penguins.
Gay penguins, or two male caring for an egg or each other, is not uncommon. The highly controversial children’s book And Tango Makes Three is the true story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins from the Central Park Zoo who were inseparable and welcomed their baby chick Tango.
Most penguin species are monogamous, choosing a mate they keep for their life with whom they prepare a nest and care for their chicks.
Animals—they’re just like us—well some of us!