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WorldGay penguins at London aquarium are raising a 'theyby'

11:20  11 september  2019
11:20  11 september  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Sea Life London Aquarium 's first Gentoo penguin to not have its gender assigned with its adoptive female parents Rocky and Marama.Jonathan Short. The same-sex penguin couple Rocky and Marama made headlines this year after adopting a chick at the Sea Life London Aquarium , and now

Sea Life London Aquarium 's first Gentoo penguin to not have its gender assigned with its adoptive female parents Rocky and Marama.Jonathan Short. The same-sex penguin couple Rocky and Marama made headlines this year after adopting a chick at the Sea Life London Aquarium , and now.

The same-sex penguin couple Rocky and Marama made headlines this year after adopting a chick at the Sea Life London Aquarium, and now the longtime duo is making history — by parenting what may be the world's first "genderless" penguin chick.

Gay penguins at London aquarium are raising a 'theyby'© Jonathan Short SEA LIFE London Aquarium's first Gentoo penguin to not have its gender assigned with its adoptive female parents Rocky and Marama.

The 4-month-old chick, who has yet to be named, "will be the first of its kind in the history of the famous London aquarium not to be characterized as male or female," according to Sea Life.

Gay penguins at London aquarium are raising a 'theyby'© Jonathan Short

"While the decision may ruffle a few feathers, gender neutrality in humans has only recently become a widespread topic of conversation," Graham McGrath, the aquarium's general manager, said in a statement. "However, it is completely natural for penguins to develop genderless identities as they grow into mature adults."

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NBC OUT Gay penguins at London aquarium are raising a ' theyby '. In September 2018, two male penguins at a Denmark zoo nabbed a chick while its mother was swimming. The zoo staff returned the little one to its biological parents soon after, but took heed of the couple’s nurturing affect and found

Expert Aquarists say it would be normal for it to grow up as genderless in the wild as male and female penguins look almost the same until they The chick has been adopted by a same-sex penguin couple Rocky and Marama at the aquarium after they showed they were ready to look after an egg of

Despite this, however, newborn penguins are routinely given gendered names and colored tags at Sea Life — until now, that is. The adopted chick of Rocky and Marama has been tagged with a "gender-neutral" purple band for identification purposes.

As for why this particular chick was chosen to be the aquarium's first "genderless" one, Sea Life noted that this chick "captured the Aquarist team and guest's imaginations after it was successfully adopted by two female penguins."

"This was the first time we had successfully adopted a chick onto a same-sex couple and to mark the parenting achievements of Rocky and Marama in helping to develop the chick into a happy and healthy penguin," Sea Life wrote in a statement. "It made sense to continue to allow it to be identified more naturally by staff and guests at the aquarium in the future."

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A baby penguin being raised by a same-sex penguin couple at an aquarium in the U.K. will be brought up without a gender It's "completely natural for penguins to develop genderless identities as they grow into mature adults," according to Graham McGrath, general manager of the aquarium .

The aquarium has four male gay penguins and four lesbians (Picture: Oceanworld Aquarium Dingle Facebook). Gay penguins have been heard of before In the penguin world, males and females take on the same parenting roles and share duties 50-50. There have been famous gay penguins at zoos

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