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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Jo S.
Jo S1 years ago

Thanks Molly, great story!

Jeffrey Idso
Jeff I3 years ago

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

Goddess Mary Oliveau
Past Member 4 years ago

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

Very sweet!

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }

Paul Burton
Paul Burton4 years ago

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.

Lydia Weissmuller Price

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

Julie F.
Julie F5 years ago

very interesting

Alice D.
Alice C5 years ago

I hope it all works out for the egg : )

Morgan McDowell
Morgan McDowell5 years ago

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

Bobbi C.
Bobbi C5 years ago

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.

Aleksandra K.
Past Member 5 years ago

Cute stunners!