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.
— Zoo Tierpark Berlin (@zooberlin) August 13, 2019
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
— Benjamin Locher (@bncklc) August 12, 2019
Many people have welcomed the news, such as this Twitter user who wished the penguins good luck.