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Gay Penguin Pair Adopt an Egg to Raise as Their Own

Gay Penguin Pair Adopt an Egg to Raise as Their Own

By all accounts, Inca and Rayas are just like any other Humboldt penguin couple -- loyal, affectionate, and family oriented -- but until recently, the same-sex pair's literal love nest seemed bound to be empty. Last winter, the two male birds housed at the Madrid Zoo's Faunia Park made headlines by entering into a rare, but not unheard of, 'gay' penguin relationship. So, when the breeding season approached and an amorous spirit spread among their peers, Inca and Rayas worked together to prepare for the arrival of an offspring, apparently unaware of the nuts and bolts of reproduction. But as the other preening penguin couples around them began to lay eggs and share in the duties of incubation, keepers say Inca and Rayas seemed a bit sullen and confused by their empty nest: "They love each other as if they were male and female, courting each other the same," one zoo staffer ...

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