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China's Gay Penguins Are Given Baby Chick To Raise

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Just weeks after the planned separation of two Toronto-based "gay" penguins for mating purposes sparked a global outcry, another same-sex avian couple is in the news -- ironically for chick-rearing reasons once again.

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penny C (83)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 8:14 pm
I love these penguins & am so happy they have been given a chick to raise. See there is a good reason for them to be left together:)

Mary T (178)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 8:29 pm
I am so glad that they kept these penguins together, Thanks Lindsey.

Constance F (418)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 3:38 am
Thank you Lindsey! I think the penguins are great for gay rights - love them! And I am so happy the two gay Penguins in China have a chick now. I did see the video that Buddy and Pedro from the Toronto Zoo will be seperated for mating season, but I don't know why they believe Buddy and Pedro are going to go for this at all. Surely there is another hetereosexual penguin out there happy to breed with a female.

Lindsey Williams (234)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 5:34 am
That is a shame they will separate Buddy and Pedro, I was hoping maybe this story would change their minds.

Susanne R (235)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 8:39 am
I'm sure this chick is going to be loved and well-cared for by its two daddies! Kudos to the Chinese authorities that made this decision.

I hope the Toronto Zoo keeps its word and reunites Buddy and Pedro if they're lovesick for one another once mating season is over.

Thanks for sharing this great story, Lindsey!

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 9:05 am
How does anyone know that these two are two boys, just because someone who works there says it!!

. (0)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 11:35 am
gay straight..who cares. As long as there is love there.. Agree with you totally Constance

Wendye Kolles (58)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 11:58 am
Thanks very much. Hope they'll get back together. God bless penguins! xo xo

pam w (139)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 12:02 pm
Our zoo has two male Cape vultures who have raised several chicks. Eggs were given to them after they STOLE eggs from other birds! Those boys are determined!

Caitlin G (29)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 12:09 pm
How sweet! :)

Tracy S. (0)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 1:46 pm
Having had many different types of animals in my family home as far back as I can remember, I have seen this many times. It is heartwarming to see an adult animal take care of a baby that is different from itself. Animals have an enormous amount of love to give, I wish that all people could show it as much as they do to each other....

Shirley H (49)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 2:05 pm
That's nice::)
Shirley H.

Roseann d (178)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 2:29 pm
Awww! Very sweet!

Sacred Space (39)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 2:48 pm
To label them 'gay' is ridiculous. Animals do not have the same prejudices and biases that humans do. These are 2 penquins who are compatable, who share time, love, acceptance and company with each other. No different when 2 female cats curl up to keep each other warm. No wonder men are afraid to give each other a hug and what do we automatically think when we see 2 woman sharing affection. Animals are so much more advanced than we are. We humans are so narrow and limited in our thinking.

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 2:53 pm
How would they know if a bird was gay they can't even deal with the human population.

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 3:10 pm
Good story.

IE Ries (237)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 3:24 pm

These birds will do a good job, too. Very few "crappy" avian parents, and even same-sex avian pairs do a good job with offspring. Avians are just hard-wired to be uberparents!

. (0)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 3:45 pm
There is no doubt we have much to learn from the animal kingdom.

Bill E (41)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 4:17 pm
I am glad that they have a chick to raise.

marie C (163)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 4:48 pm
Odd China is so cruel to animals and so anti gay yet allowing this USA is generally
pro animals and yet behaving so ignorantly The world is a funny place

Patrizia S (315)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 5:30 pm
Awww! I'm so glad they are together

Kay M (347)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 5:33 pm
attempting to note, but care2 having issues.

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 6:22 pm
thanks Lindsey

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 6:23 pm
I love it!

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 6:33 pm
I agree with Allan Y! We do have much to learn from the them!

Diana W (2)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 6:59 pm
Good for them!
They will make fine parents!

Pat B (356)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 7:02 pm
Glad to read/hear that they are raising a little one. Happy story!

Emily G (0)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 7:15 pm
Great story

Ingrid A (524)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 7:24 pm
How cute.

David C (129)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 7:40 pm
I'm guessing this will be one well loved baby...

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 7:43 pm
I knew a lady who raised champion dogs.
She had about 12 and she was very kind to them.
They were provided with vet care and organic food.
She gave them lots of love and attention.

I do not approve of breeding purebreds when so many
animals need homes; but that is what she did
When one of her girl dogs went into heat,
she would separate the males from the females.
All the girl dogs would hump the dog in heat.

I'm no longer friends with this person.
I'm just telling you what her girl dogs did.

Jerry B (128)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 9:37 pm
Noted yeah gotta love these two birds..thanks Lindsey!

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 12:18 am

Ron Avila (20)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 4:05 am
"Birds do it, bees do it. Even educated fleas do it."

Lynne Buckley (0)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 4:16 am

Kathy Parsons (20)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 7:54 am
No, I don't see how you can know if penquins are gay. They do prefer the company of eachother, rather than the opposite sex though. Here's a lesson on what being gay is about; that it's not just a physical way of being.

Sheila D (28)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 10:51 am
I've heard about seven percent of the mammal population is gay, though don't know for sure if that is correct. I liked the story. Yes, they will probably make excellent parents. Thanks for sharing.

Shan D (49)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 1:07 pm
"I've heard about seven percent of the mammal population is gay," - Sheila D. - What difference does that make? Penguins are not mammals - they're birds. And I've known for a long time that some male penguins prefer other male penguins. It doesn't matter once the female lays the egg and it's fertilized, since male penguins can feed and care for and love the chicks just as well as (or better than, in some cases) the female penguins.

Michele Wilkinson (106)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 1:19 pm
This is a good idea.
Why can't Toronto Zoo do the same for the two male penguins there who have such a strong bond?
This is much better than causing the stress and trauma of separation of the two penguins.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 2:23 pm
Their love story is already over?. Too bad. What has become of the chick?

Regina P (67)
Friday December 9, 2011, 8:42 am
How sweet., Thanks

Veronica C (22)
Friday December 9, 2011, 8:07 pm
I hope they are a happy family.

Yvonne F (181)
Saturday December 10, 2011, 12:34 pm
What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 12:01 pm
Noted! Great story

Nicole Bergeron (17)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 3:48 pm
@ Sacred Space: They have been reported to try and steal eggs from other penguin couples. Men who are just close friends do not try to steal kids. Gay men don't either but Gay men do try to adopt. Trying to steal an egg may very well be their way of trying to adopt, as they don't have a legal system to go through.

Hope they take to the chick and raise it well. Good Luck Gay Penguin Couple

Valerie Hammett (21)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 8:24 am
wow im so thrilled to hear this how incredible

Beth K (20)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 1:08 pm
Noted! Great story.

mar l ene d (264)
Tuesday January 3, 2012, 2:44 pm
am so thrilled to this event!!!!! so happy for them. !!!!! they have chance and oportunity to be great parets. oh gods!!!!!!! good luck for two of you ,be happy and raise beautiful kids. love. ciao.

Katherine Head (34)
Monday January 9, 2012, 1:44 pm
Thank you for sharing this. I hadn't heard of this before. It's very interesting, and I definitely noted it. Thanks again!

colleen p (38)
Wednesday January 18, 2012, 5:09 pm
they seperate the others because they want them to make babies. not "cure" them the birds just cannot volinter to be sperm and egg doners.

. (0)
Sunday March 25, 2012, 1:53 pm
Life in San Francisco has gravitated to the animal kingdom....

Tessie Mcdonnell (1)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 4:18 pm
"Homophobia is found in one species."

Past Member (0)
Friday April 20, 2012, 7:25 am

Loretta C (10)
Monday May 7, 2012, 12:00 am
Its truly possible that those penguins may just do a pretty good job
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