A lesbian penguin couple are raising a chick in a New Zealand zoo.
At the age of 24, Thelma and Louise already are a special couple just based on their age.
In the wild, king penguins live to about 15 or 20 years, so the ladies living at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium definitely count as elderly ladies.
But now, they have become parents and are fostering a chick together, after another penguin in their enclosure was left by her partner and became a single mom.
‘King penguins have to incubate that egg on their feet for 55 days,’ Ebony Dwipayana, who works at the aquarium, told the NZ Herald.
They also have to shift their egg between partners every two to three days, so the other half of the couple can find food to keep their strength up.
The single penguin was unable to manage on her own, so employees decided to give her egg to Thelma and Louise.
‘They absolutely love having a chick to take care of,’ Dwipayana said.
‘Obviously they’re not able to have their own, so the fact that they can still raise a healthy chick is amazing for them, and is such a beautiful experience to share.’