A pair of twin male penguins in a Dutch zoo was so hungry for offspring that they stole an egg from another pair of penguins.
Two males with black legs (Spheniscus demersusalso known as African penguins) hatching eggs have recently been discovered at the DierenPark Amersfoort zoo in the Netherlands. Their nest – with a stolen egg – was next to the nest belonging to a pair of male and female penguins, representatives of the zoo. said in a statement,
The hatching season has already begun in the penguin community of the zoo, and, according to the statement, the males probably whisked an egg from their neighbors breeding at an “unguarded moment”.
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Some chicks in the brood of zoo penguins have already hatched, and animals caring for animals are closely watching a male couple, who takes turns warming their egg-caught egg, DutchNews reportedBut there is a chance that couples' dreams of parenting might soon be broken, as the stolen egg may not have been fertilized, according to DutchNews.
Before the Dutch penguins caught their eggs, other same-sex penguin pairs entered hearts around the world. Roy and Silo, penguin malesPygoscelis antarcticus) who lived in the Central Park Zoo in New York, have been partners for six years; Skip and Ping, male King Penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus), deliberately connected at the Berlin Zoo; and Sphene and magic, young male penguinsPygoscelis papua), found love at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Australia.
All three same-sex couples ate eggs; Silo and Roy hatched from their chick in 2004, while the chick Sphen and Magic – "Baby Sphengic" – hatched on October 19, 2018 in the aquarium tweetedBut poor Skip and Ping remain childless: despite their attention, their unfertilized egg “exploded” on September 2, a German news site Local reported,
Penguins are not the only birds that form homosexual relationships. More than 130 species of birds are known for their homosexual behavior, which may include complex courtship rituals, sexual intercourse, and even nesting for many years, Live Science previously reported,
Originally published on Living Science,