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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 Gentoo "Marama and Rocky have taken to becoming parents like ducks to water, or should I say penguins ," SEA LIFE London general manager Graham

Marama and Rocky, a lesbian penguin couple at Sea Life London aquarium , have become parents to a little chick during Pride month. The couple have been together for five years, and have been proving themselves by building the biggest nest in the colony for the new addition to their family.

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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After proving they would be good parents they have now been given a chick . The baby came from Penguins are said to mate for life, and same - sex pairings have been observed both in the wild and Marama and Rocky are first time parents but they have shown great parenting qualities over the past

Two male penguins who paired up as a " same - sex couple " have successfully incubated a baby chick and are They then began to build a collective nest of pebbles, prompting the aquarium to provide a dummy egg This is not the first time same - sex penguin couples have adopted eggs in captivity

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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Two male penguins who paired up as a " same - sex couple " have successfully incubated a baby They then began to build a collective nest of pebbles, prompting the aquarium to provide a dummy egg for This is not the first time same - sex penguin couples have adopted eggs in captivity, with a

A pair of same - sex penguins in Sydney has developed a “super cute” relationship and been given a foster egg to raise after aquarium staff observed the couple building a nest and A same - sex pair at the Wingham Wildlife Park in Kent also raised a penguin that had been abandoned by its initial parents.

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

A banner that read "Some penguins are gay, get over it" was placed in the Penguin Beach enclosure in support of the Get Over It campaign by LGBTQ charity Stonewall.

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