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Gay penguins become proud parents at Denmark zoo

Gay penguins become proud parents at Denmark zoo

A pair of gay penguins in Denmark have become the proud adoptive parents of an orphaned chick.

It’s believed to be the first time two male King penguins living in captivity have become dads together and keepers at Odense Zoo claim the broody birds are ‘naturals’ at raising a child.

Zoologist Nina Christensen told the Toronto Star that the animals, who have been an item for about a year now, were given an egg to incumbate together after its mother abandoned it.

The keepers tested the gay penguins’ parenting skills on a ball, then tried them with the abandoned egg.

‘With King penguins, they mix it between the male and female. One stands with the egg while the other goes to feed and then they shift,’ Christensen said.

‘It was the same with this pair. They both incubated the egg.’

The chick hatched one month ago and the zoologist says their family behavior is the same as if the parents were male and female.

While it is a first for King penguins, there have been other cases of gay couples raising a chick together.

In May 2012, Inca and Rayas, from Spain’s Faunia Park, were given an egg of their own to look after.

Two male Chinstrap penguins at New York’s Central Park also adopted and reared an egg, while zoologists at Germany’s Bremerhaven Zoo helped two gay Humbolt penguins hatch and nurture an egg in 2009.

Last year, two male penguins were also given an egg to care for together in China.