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Gay Penguins 'Best Parents in the Zoo' According to Keepers


A pair of gay penguins in China who were segregated from others after repeated attempts to steal eggs so they could raise a child of their own were apparently given some eggs to look after by zookeepers after animal rights groups complained, the Daily Mail reports:

"In response, zookeepers gave the pair two eggs laid by an inexperienced first-time mother. 'We decided to give them two eggs from another couple whose hatching ability had been poor and they've turned out to be the best parents in the whole zoo,' said one of the keepers. 'It's very encouraging and if this works out well we will try to arrange for them to become real parents themselves with artificial insemination.' Wildlife experts at the park explain that despite being gay the three-year-old male birds are still driven by an urge to be fathers. 'One of the responsibilities of being a male adult is looking after the eggs. Despite the fact that they can't have eggs naturally, it does not take away their biological drive to be a parent,' said one."

The photo is apparently the fenced-in gay penguin pair having an argument with a neighbor.

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  1. Gotta love the gay penguins. Come join the Facebook group

    Good times.

    Posted by: Daniel | Dec 15, 2008 1:59:59 PM

  2. adorable.

    Posted by: Nathan | Dec 15, 2008 2:03:16 PM

  3. "The photo is apparently the fenced-in gay penguin pair having an argument with a neighbor."

    Love that photo! But it looks like the neighbor has been gathering stones!?

    Posted by: Castaway | Dec 15, 2008 2:08:37 PM

  4. "Yeah, once we broke them of that whole child kidnapping thing, they were great!"

    Sorry, but you just KNOW that Dobson and his ilk will focus on the egg-stealing and little else ... still, it's a cute story.

    Posted by: Red Seven | Dec 15, 2008 2:09:40 PM

  5. Yay! Good for the zookeepers. This is very exciting. I do feel badly for the mother. Do you think the keepers will arrange for visitation rights? :) Also, the artificial insemination plan is hilarious. I must say, it is quite sad that this zoo seems to be paying more attention to caring for these animals than the Chinese government is in providing rights for gays in China -- and far more attention and time than our government is giving to providing equal rights for gays. I love this story, but why can't the government be brave enough to acknowledge that gay rights for HUMANS are more important?

    Posted by: Kate | Dec 15, 2008 2:15:10 PM

  6. I guess the gay penguins aren't too fond of the neighbor's rock garden. Apparently it detracts from the white picket fence and is bringing down property values.

    Posted by: Mikey | Dec 15, 2008 2:18:44 PM

  7. LOL at the photo!

    "Bree confronts Bob and Lee on this Sunday's Desperate Housepenguins"

    Posted by: Strepsi | Dec 15, 2008 2:22:49 PM

  8. "I thought you understood at the last Home Owners Association meeting, DESERT LANDSCAPING!"

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 15, 2008 3:20:39 PM

  9. Too cute!

    Posted by: anon | Dec 15, 2008 3:57:05 PM

  10. STREPSI and DEREK, i actually did lol at your comments. thanx, guys.

    Posted by: nic | Dec 15, 2008 4:03:39 PM

  11. Stories like this make me smile for a whole week. And the comments here are gems too. The fact that they broke down and finally gave them eggs to watch gives me a glimmer of hope for humanity.

    Posted by: Johnny | Dec 15, 2008 4:11:29 PM

  12. I knew they would be great parents.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 15, 2008 7:26:10 PM

  13. I swear the one with it's mouth open looks like my ex!

    Posted by: Marc | Dec 15, 2008 8:22:13 PM

  14. what about, "what is it that you don't get beatch?" while the other one says, "simma down, honey, simma down. we still gotta live here."

    Posted by: nic | Dec 16, 2008 4:39:30 AM

  15. Wouldn't the babies of these bad parents inherit the same poor parenting skills?

    Posted by: richard s | Dec 16, 2008 9:27:52 AM

  16. @ RICHARD S.-- Nature vs Nurture

    In adopted human children, generally their IQ is equal to their biological parents, but as adults they are more likely to mimic the behavior of their adoptive parents.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Dec 20, 2008 8:44:37 PM

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