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Gay Male Penguins to Begin Fatherhood Together

Gay Male Penguins to Begin Fatherhood Together

By Janet McCulley, Animal Planet

Inca and Rayas, two male penguins, have always wanted to begin a family together. For more than six years, Inca and Rayas would build a nest, hoping an egg would find its way to their nest, only to be disappointed.

But now, staff members at the zoo have given the couple an egg to call their own. “We wanted them to have something to stay together for — so we got an egg. Otherwise they might become depressed,” zookeeper Yolanda Martin tells the Telegraph.

It’s time for Inca and Rayas to ditch Pottery Barn and settle in for a year of diapers, baby formula, and sleep deprivation.


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8:00PM PDT on May 25, 2014

Thank you for providing the link of the outcome! it is great news they are proud parents.

10:34AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

They incubated the egg, and are proud daddies. :)

Very sweet!

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }

11:19AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

All the people who say its part of natural are wrong. These animals are locked up in captivity together, it would never happen in the natural world. It only happens in captivity because animals natural desire to reproduce outways their logic.

10:59AM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Sweet! This bonded pair deserve to become parents. Just think of the moral lesson in this for human beings. I hope they were successful.

11:02AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

very interesting

5:03AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

I hope it all works out for the egg : )

4:57PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Awwww, just like a real gay couple wanting to adopt!

6:13AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

So, tell us; did the egg hatch? Not likely as both males will sit on it at the same time and be off it at the same time most likely. It is natural behavior for penguins to build a nest, why don't you get them a couple of female penguins instead of milking this for the publicity; this is cruel and unusual punishment for these two; had they been left alone they could have found a mate, hatched some eggs and been happy without the zoo's interference.

9:14AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Cute stunners!

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting article about the life of two penguins and how they have bonded. Penguins are interesting birds and best of luck to them and their egg and its journey. Nature is always quite fascinating.

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