The world has experienced some of the coldest weather ever recorded this week, and one of the readers suggested that we should keep the theme going with some info on gay dad penguins – let’s beguin!
Yass ice kween, totally gay.
Homosexual behaviour is actually extremely common across the animal kingdom, from insects to mammals. LGBTQ+ behaviour has been observed in about 1400 species, meaning that LGBTQ+ individuals make up a large proportion of the animal world’s population.
One of these LGBTQ+ animals are our beloved penguins – the poster child for LGBTQ+ parents. Let’s take a look at three gay couples who have made headlines with their story.
Penguins are a great (and super cute) example of this. On top of forming same sex relationships, they even raise families together… I mean c’mon, that’s adorable.
So here’s a shoutout to my top 3 gay penguin couples and their stories
Steal Hearts As They Hatch Their Second Surrogate Egg. Sphen and Magic, are stealing hearts again as the same-sex couple just hatched their surrogate second egg. The two male gentoo penguins at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, cared for the egg until it hatched into a little baby chick.
Their firstborn is now an adult and this second egg gives them a chance to be fathers again. It’s so beautiful to witness LGBTQ+ love in the animal kingdom.
Sphen and Magic's story began in 2018, when their relationship was first noticed by keepers at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. This happy couple quickly became a media sensation, as LGBTQ+ love between two male gentoo penguins is relatively rare.
The two devoted fathers were followed closely by a team of attentive zookeepers who gave them a dummy egg as a training tool for the real deal. Unsurprisingly, Sphen and Magic took to parenting like pros!
The same-sex couple proved their devotion by huddling around and protecting the egg until it hatched. Sphen and Magic soon became proud dads twice over!
Adopt their first egg. Skipper and Ping, same-sex king penguins get their first shot at parenthood. Like all LGBTQ+ parents, Skipper and Ping's story starts with a lot of love.
The LGBTQ+ couple first bonded at Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany and started building a nest together in 2015. For the next three years, they stayed devoted to each other until finally their dreams came true: They adopted an egg from another king penguin couple who could not care for it.
The LGBTQ+ adoptive parents built an impressively large nest and took turns sitting on the egg until it hatched into a beautiful baby penguin. They’ve been beaming with pride ever since, caring for their little one like any loving parents.
The couple has practiced nursing a rock are ready for the real thing. They had taken turns protecting it between their feet and trying to hatch it.
Are the Proud Parents of an Adopted Chick. Marama and Rocky, are the first lesbian couple to adopt a chick. Thought to be the first lesbian couple to adopt a chick, Marama and Rocky have been together since 2018.
The two female rockhopper penguins started courting quite quickly and soon became inseparable. It wasn't long before they decided to become a family by adopting an egg that had been abandoned by another rockhopper couple.
The duo is making history once again by raising what may be the world’s first “genderless” penguin chick. Thought to be the first LGBTQ+ couple to adopt a chick, Marama and Rocky have been doting parents since day one. They’ve taken turns nurturing the egg until it hatched into a beautiful baby penguin that has yet to be identified as either male or female.
Their little one is now growing up healthy and happy stories remind us of the beauty of LGBTQ+ love in nature and that LGBTQ+ families are a natural wonder. Now, it’s up to us to spread joy by sharing the good news about LGBTQ+ couples and their families — just like these three amazing gay penguin couples! Let’s keep inspiring people with our positive stories
Can we just take a second to appreciate how amazing these penguins are? They melt my heart. ies like these LGBTQ+ penguin couples remind us that love goes beyond gender. It’s inspiring to see LGBTQ+ families in the animal kingdom and proves that same-sex relationships are part of nature, even if they are still not accepted in many human societies around the world.
It is time for us to use our collective power to spread joy and acceptance of LGBTQ+ families. Let’s support LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families in any way we can. From sharing positive stories to standing up for LGBTQ+ rights — let’s use our collective power to make a difference! It is time for us to be proud LGBTQ+ allies and create a world where LGBTQ+ parents are respected and celebrated. Together, let’s make a real change in the world one story at a time!
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