Same-sex penguin couple adopt their second egg
A same-sex penguin couple at SEA LIFE's Sydney aquarium are reportedly on their way to becoming parents for the second time.
Sphen and Magic first become close back in early 2018, and keepers at the aquarium gave the couple their first foster egg in October of last year.
Their first child, Sphengic, was born at the end of October, and has just celebrated her first birthday.
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And it appears that Sphen and Magic have won this breeding season. According keepers at the the zoo were all to happy to allow the loved up pair to foster a second egg after they built an impressive nest, complete with an arrangement of "ice pebbles".
"They have the neatest and largest nest in the colony and when we noticed that another couple were struggling to incubate two eggs at the same time, we made the decision to foster the second egg to the power couple of the colony," penguin supervisor, Tish Hannan, detailed.
Keepers have also said that Sphen and Magic have been doting parents to little Sphengic, saying that both are very loyal and protective.
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"Baby Sphengic... had an excellent start to life under their care and while she’s still a bundle of energy and very loud, she’s matured nicely but still quite unsure as to what all the adults are doing this breeding season," Hannan continued. "Sphengic may or may not have a little brother or sister in a few weeks, we’re yet to confirm if the egg is fertile."
Homosexuality is not unusual in the animal kingdom, and Sphen and Magic are not the only same-sex penguin couple around.
Earlier this year, The BBC reported that that penguins "at London Zoo joined in the city's Pride event this year, and Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium in Ireland even has a gay penguin majority, with eight out of its 14 gentoo penguins coupled up with a partner of the same sex."