Thursday, June 4, 2009
'Gay penguins' rear adopted chick
My new flatmate is German, and as much as he is lovely, he doesn’t speak English that well… yet. So I thought I’d make an effort to look up where he was from on the net and bring things up in (lack of) conversation. But whilst looking up Stuttgart and Germany, this article called 'Gay penguins' rear adopted chick popped up, which immediately caught my eye because it was so bizarre.
Everyone has their different ideas on why people are gay, what it means to be gay etc etc… anyway I thought penguins were one of the species of animals who had heterosexual life partners. Guess I was wrong!
But this is old news! Apparently this zoo made headlines in 2005 about its gay penguins. The real treat is that the ‘gay penguins’ have now matured and adopted a baby, which they hatched and are now raising.
Here is a snippet from the article:
Two ‘gay’ male penguins have hatched a chick and are now rearing it as its adoptive parents, says a German zoo.
The zoo, in Bremerhaven, northern Germany, says the adult males - Z and Vielpunkt - were given an egg, which was rejected by its biological parents. (Gays are so accepting)
It says the couple are now happily rearing the chick, said to have reached four weeks old.
Since the chick arrived, they have been behaving just as you would expect a heterosexual couple to do.
The zoo had previously flown in four females in a bid to get the endangered penguins to reproduce - but quickly abandoned the scheme after causing outrage among gay rights activists, who accused it of interfering in the animals' behaviour.
Well done to Germany for being so modern in their thinking… gag… bunny hugging gay activists
Homosexual behaviour is well documented in many different animals, but it is not understood in detail, says Professor Stuart West, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Oxford.
"Homosexuality is nothing unusual among animals," Bremerhaven zoo said on Wednesday.
"Sex and coupling up in our world do not necessarily have anything to do with reproduction."
I'm sure certain people living in our 'pink' city will find this article quite interesting.
Picture and article snippet from BBC
Posted by Amy at 1:10 PM