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Weird NewsA same-sex penguin couple at a London aquarium become mothers for the first time after adopting a chick

18:16  07 july  2019
18:16  07 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A same - sex penguin couple are brand new mothers after the hatching of their very first adoptive chick . Marama and Rocky, a same - sex "Marama and Rocky have taken to becoming parents like ducks to water, or should I say penguins ," SEA LIFE London general manager Graham McGrath

Read more: A same - sex penguin couple at a London aquarium become mothers for the first time after adopting a chick . Now, the adopted Gentoo chick will become the aquarium 's first penguin not to be characterized as male or female, according to an official release sent to Insider.

A same-sex penguin couple at a London aquarium become mothers for the first time after adopting a chick © SEA LIFE London

A same-sex penguin couple are brand new mothers after the hatching of their very first adoptive chick.

Marama and Rocky, a same-sex Gentoo penguin couple at the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, are now the proud parents of a sweet baby chick who was born in June weighing 82 grams and measuring 11 centimeters tall. The gender and name of the two-week-old chick has not yet been revealed.

SEA LIFE London told INSIDER that Marama and Rocky have been together for five years and have an "incredibly strong bond." They adopted the egg after "demonstrating to the London aquarium's expert team that they would make fantastic parents."

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A same - sex penguin couple at Sea Life London has welcomed their first adopted chick . The female gentoo penguin couple , Marama and Rocky, have been together for five years and were chosen to adopt an egg by the aquarium ’s team after demonstrating they would make good parents.

A same - sex penguin couple has been entrusted with an adopted newborn chick at a London aquarium . In a first for the venue, the pair was blessed with a newborn after patiently incubating the egg. The female gentoo couple , Marama and Rocky

A same-sex penguin couple at a London aquarium become mothers for the first time after adopting a chick © SEA LIFE London

"Marama and Rocky have taken to becoming parents like ducks to water, or should I say penguins," SEA LIFE London general manager Graham McGrath said in a statement sent to INSIDER.

"Caring for a newborn is tough for anyone, from the sleepless nights to the constant feeding, yet this wonderful pair of penguin parents are completely unflappable and seem to be taking it all in stride."

"We can't wait to see the chick grow and develop under Marama and Rocky's careful and nurturing guidance over the coming weeks and months," he added.

A same-sex penguin couple at a London aquarium become mothers for the first time after adopting a chick © SEA LIFE London

SEA LIFE London said the egg was one of two born to its birth mother and was "moved to relieve her of the pressure of raising two chicks."

The new parents have already built the biggest nest out of the colony for their new addition, and have been performing nest shifts so that the other mother can still have a chance to swim and feed.

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A same - sex penguin couple recently became proud first - time parents at an aquarium in Valencia, Spain. Oceanografic Valencia announced on August 17 that penguins Electra and Viola had welcomed a chick after they incubated and hatched an “ adopted ” egg.

Same - sex penguin couples and the species as a whole have become global gay icons for their diverse sexualities. In November, a pair of homosexual African penguins at the Netherlands’ DierenPark Amersfoort zoo kidnapped an unsuspecting heterosexual penguin couple ’s egg to raise

SEA LIFE said that Marama is the older of the pair and is thus "naturally being more protective" of her new chick.

A same-sex penguin couple at a London aquarium become mothers for the first time after adopting a chick © SEA LIFE London

Meanwhile, Rocky is known for being "free-spirited and inquisitive" and is excited to teach her chick "everything it needs to know about life as a penguin," the aquarium added.

Marama and Rocky's baby is the second Gentoo penguin chick to be born at the aquarium this year as part of SEA LIFE's conservation program.

Same-sex couples are common among penguins, especially those who live in larger colonies, according to the aquarium.

A same-sex penguin couple at a London aquarium become mothers for the first time after adopting a chick © SEA LIFE London

At ZSL London Zoo, just four miles away from SEA LIFE, are the famous same-sex penguins Ronnie and Reggie, who have been together since 2014.

Together the Humboldt penguins have raised a chick, named Kyton, after he was abandoned by another couple. The zoo said in a press release that they are often found snuggling together in their nest.

In celebration of Ronnie and Reggie, as well as the zoo's other same-sex couples Nadja and Zimmer and Dev and Martin, it decided to celebrate Pride this year in a very special way.

A same-sex penguin couple at a London aquarium become mothers for the first time after adopting a chick © SEA LIFE London

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