Gay Penguin Pair Snatch Eggs from Lesbian Neighbors

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday October 21, 2020

A pair of gay male penguins in a Netherlands zoo has appropriated eggs belonging to a lesbian penguin couple, reports UK newspaper the Daily Mail.

The pair of African penguins live in Dierenpark zoo in the Dutch city of Amersfoort, the Mail reported. The brazen heist is their latest caper, with the pair also having stolen an egg last November. Though the would-be penguin dads fostered that egg, it never hatched. The determined duo struck again, this time taking the eggs belonging to a female couple - and, while they were at it, taking over the lesbian pair's entire nest.

They've now settled into a familiar routine, with one penguin tending the eggs while the other goes looking for food to bring back to the family.

But the pair is likely to be disappointed all over again, says keeper Sander Drost, pointing out that in all probability the eggs belonging to the female couple were never fertilized.

The article noted that same-sex penguin couples are not unusual, and they exhibit the same "broody" tendencies as their heterosexual peers when it comes to wanting to foster eggs. They also make fine parents, as in the case of Australian couple Sphen and Magic, a pair of Gentoo penguins who were given an egg to foster two years ago after staff at the Sea Life Aquarium in Sydney noticed them building a nest together.

"Same-sex couples are common in more than 450 species in nature," the Daily Mail article added, "although this is the aquarium's first same-sex couple."

Staff at Dierenpark zoo expect the lesbian penguins will build a new nest before long and resume their own quest to become parents.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.