Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Penguin Story

Regardless of race, gender, size or religion, some people are just meant for each other. Why shouldn't the same be true with animals? 

In this case, two Penguins, Inca and Rayas have built a lovely nest together. The only odd thing about this animal pair... they are both male. However, it doesn't seem to phase the couple and they actually have seemed surprised every year as other Penguin couples welcome eggs to their little nests. The couple seemed openly saddened and depressed as they watched their friends raise their children, so as a gesture of goodwill, the staff that cares for these Penguins found them an egg to 'adopt'. 
Inca and Rayas caring for their egg.
Inca immediately took on the role of the 'female' and has been incubating the donated egg. He stays close-by his newly adopted baby most of the day, happily watching as other Penguins take a dip in the pool and socialize. Rayas keeps guard over the pair, just as any proud father would, and is even gobbling up food, anticipating his coming role as provider for their young!

Yolanda Martin, who cares for the pair, said: "We wanted them to have something to stay together for – so we got an egg. Otherwise they might have become too depressed." Martin also emphasizes that the pair is not actually gay (they do not mate) but that they are the best of friends! (Which in my opinion is the basis for a long-lasting relationship, however we might want to define it!).  
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Stephanie Conrad
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