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Lesbian Albatrosses Raising Chick Together

Lesbian Albatrosses Raising Chick Together

This story is so juicy it could be on Jerry Springer. A pair of albatrosses–lesbian albatrosses, that is–had a ménage à trois with a male bird for a few years and now he’s gone missing. But before he disappeared he got one of them pregnant!

Cue the Unsolved Mysteries music.

It all went down at Taiaroa Head, the only mainland albatross breeding colony in the world. Female nesting of this type is anything but typical. In fact, there have only been two instances of it recorded in the past 70 years.

“It’s quite unusual in the albatross population here at Taiaroa Head to have two females mating together,” Lyndon Perriman, the colony’s head ranger, told Television New Zealand.

For the next six months the new parents will take turns guarding and feeding the chick. They’ll swap roles every two days. While one is protecting the chick from predators, the other is out at sea foraging for food hundreds of miles away.

“They need to have a very strong bond, because when they are sitting on the eggs they can sit there for a week or 10 days waiting for the partner to come back, so they need to have a good partner to rely on,” Mr Perriman told The Times.

The colony currently has 140 royal albatrosses with each having a wingspan of nearly 10 feet. This season, 17 chicks hatched from 17 fertile eggs–a rare success rate.

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Source: Gawker


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9:01AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

thanks for the story

7:49AM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:14PM PDT on Apr 21, 2010

Cute! And heart warming! Thanks for publishing the story!

6:51PM PST on Feb 23, 2010

LOVE IS LOVE! It doesn't matter if people or animals, are lesbian or gay...what matters is that they LOVE. What a beautiful story! I am a straight person, but have numerous friennds that are gay and or lesbian. LOVE IS A GIFT FROM GOD, AND GOD NEVER FAILS US!!!

4:51AM PST on Feb 19, 2010

Oh, so sweet, I love this! :)

4:51AM PST on Feb 19, 2010

Oh, so sweet, I love this! :)

7:33PM PST on Feb 17, 2010

Very interesting !!!

2:13PM PST on Feb 17, 2010

My Field Biology professor wrote her dissertation on a monogamous couple of male mallard ducks that had been nesting together for over 3 years by the time she had gotten around to them. No offspring, but they did build a new nest every breeding season.

10:36AM PST on Feb 17, 2010

Knocks the old human stereotype "it ain't natural!" flat on its butt.

Animals have been adapting and forming bonds for millions of years, and a same-sex bond now appears to be just one more variety of bonding that occurs in all creatures...including humans.

Thanks Albatros ladies, here's to you and your little one! :)

2:16PM PST on Feb 16, 2010

that just shows that in any place females can raise a baby togehter

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