Australia's same-sex penguins become parents

Two male penguins entrusted with the care of a fostered egg have welcomed a tiny sub-Antarctic Gentoo chick into the world

Two male penguins welcome tiny sub-Antarctic Gentoo chick

Two male penguins entrusted with the care of a fostered egg have welcomed a tiny sub-Antarctic Gentoo chick into the world, Sydney's Sea Life Aquarium said on Friday.

The pair, Magic and Sphen, made headlines around the world this month when aquarium staff gave them the egg, following a successful trial with a dummy egg.
 

 

 

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Yet-to-be-named chick weighs 91 gm

'The first 20 days of a penguin chick's life are the most vulnerable, so it is extra-important the chick is very happy, healthy and well fed by his parents,' aquarium official added.

 

 

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First sub-Antarctic penguin born at the aquarium

The yet-to-be-named chick, weighing 91 gm (3.21 oz), was born on the evening of October 19 and is the first sub-Antarctic penguin born at the aquarium.

The couple, who formed a bond before the 2018 breeding season, doted on the adopted chick.

 

 

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Opposite-sex Vs same-sex parenting

Magic and Sphen had placed the egg on small nesting rings built with pebbles and shared duties, with one patrolling for possible threats, while the other kept the egg warm.

There is little difference between opposite-sex and same-sex rearing among Gentoo penguins, which share parenting and feeding responsibilities equally, the aquarium official said prior to the birth, adding that the example was not the first among zoos across the world.

 

 

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