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August 22, 2019

Gay penguin couple caring for abandoned egg at Berlin Zoo

August 13, 2019

Skipper and Ping are taking care of an egg at the Berlin Zoo. (Karl Broeseke / Berlin Zoo)

A same-sex penguin couple in Germany is working on raising a family together.

Male penguins Skipper and Ping, who live at the Berlin Zoo, are caring for an unhatched egg that was abandoned by its mother, Reuters reported.


“The two male penguins are acting like exemplary parents, taking turns to warm the egg,” a spokesman for the zoo, Maximilian Jaeger, told the Germany-based newswire service DPA.

The penguins, who are both 10 years old, had showed an eagerness to become parents in the past, having reportedly attempted to hatch stones and fish.

Male penguins often incubate eggs in the wild after they are laid by females.

It’s unclear if the egg that Skipper and Ping are caring for was fertilized. It would likely hatch in September if so.

This isn’t the first time a gay penguin couple has attempted to hatch an egg at a zoo. A pair of penguins, Roy and Silo, famously raised a chick at the Central Park Zoo in New York about two decades ago.


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