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Gay penguins help raise a chick

india Updated: Jun 04, 2009 12:54 IST

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A pair of homosexual male penguins is raising a chick together, the BBC reports. A zoo in Germany reports that one of its three pairs of gay males hatched the egg after it was rejected by its biological parents.

"Since the chick arrived, they have been behaving just as you would expect a heterosexual couple to do," said a zoo official. "The two happy fathers spend their days attentively protecting, caring for, and feeding their adopted offspring."

The zoo in Bremerhaven made headlines a few years ago when it noticed homosexual traits among six male Humboldt penguins-attempts at mating and hatching chicks from stones. Authorities brought in female penguins to see if their behaviour would change. It didn't work!

Proud daddies are named Z and Vielpunkt.