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Monday, June 15, 2009

Gay penguins hatch egg, raise healthy chick

Two male Humbolt penguin partners at the Bremerhaven Zoo in Germany adopted an egg rejected by its heterosexual parents.

Check out Z and Vielpunkt here.

No other penguins, neighboring storks or gossip mongers at the zoo have opposed the couple's adoption of the stranded chick. In fact, Z and Vielpunkt have pretty much been ignored by all their neighbors, allowing them to do their parenting thing in peace without bias, bigotry, or blasphemy.

Here's a photo of a Humbolt penguin - who chose not to reveal his/her sexuality-->

After the egg hatched - one month after its adoption - they're nurturing the chick just like any other doting parents. Except the heterosexual penguin couple, of course, who rejected the egg.

Four years ago, the zoo tried to entice three male penguin couples into heterosexual relationships and failed. The males showed no interest in females with whom the attendants tried to hook up.

The zoo released a statement concerning the gay parents: "Z and Vielpunkt, both males, gladly accepted their ’Easter gift’ and got straight down to raising it."

The gender of the chick is unknown at this point. The statement continues, "Since the chick arrived, they have been behaving just as you would expect a heterosexual couple to do. The two happy fathers spend their days attentively protecting, caring for and feeding their adopted offspring."

Homosexual and lesbian behavior has been observed in many animal species; they are not castigated, excluded or banished by other animals in their groups. Z and Vielpunkt are one of three same sex pairs among the zoo's Humbolt penguins.

On its Web site, the zoo says, "sex and coupling in our world don't always have something to do with reproduction."

None of the male penguin couples is reported to be interested in joining any branch of the US military, but are legally free to enlist in every other Western nation should they choose to serve.

They have not declared a political party, a specific religion or registered with any specific chick store.

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  • At 4:37 PM, Blogger The Entertainment Corner said…

    Rock on Z and Vielpunkt!! That's wonderful that they're raising the little chick ... some humans could take lessons from their positive parental behavior


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