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Gay penguins in Berlin adopt egg after trying to hatch stone

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Gay penguins in Berlin adopt egg after trying to hatch stone
Skipper and Ping in their enclosure at the Berlin Zoo.
11:40 CEST+02:00
A pair of gay penguins in Germany who tried earnestly to hatch a stone now have the chance to become real parents.

Staff at Berlin Zoo recently presented the amorous male couple with an egg, which they swiftly began to incubate, as The Local reported earlier this week.

The egg came from another pair who in recent years "have not got along 100 percent and who have therefore often damaged their eggs", said zookeepers Norbert Zahmel.

Ten-year-old Royal penguins Skipper and Ping were an "excellent" choice as adoptive parents, he added.

"Skipper and Ping want to become parents. The same sex penguin couple is now incubating an egg," zoo staff tweeted.

Zookeepers don't know for certain if the egg is fertilized, but if it does hatch it would be the first birth of a penguin at the zoo in more than 20 years.

Same-sex love among penguins is nothing new, with homosexual behaviour among the species reported in zoos and in the wild.

During gay Pride week, London Zoo mounted a banner above its penguin beach,
declaring: "Some penguins are gay. Get over it," in a nod to a human campaign
against homophobia.

Many people have welcomed the news, such as this Twitter user who wished the penguins good luck.

 
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