Remember those two male penguins in that Chinese zoo who stole straight couples' eggs in an attempt to fulfill their parental yearnings? Remember how zoo keepers segregated the dynamic duo from the rest of the birds? Well, after animal-rights groups and angry visitors complained about the couple's treatment, the reformed baby bandits are now being given a shot at fatherhood.
Authorities have snatched two eggs from an inexperienced, first-time mother and have handed those eggs over to the same-sex couple.
From the Daily Mail:
"We decided to give them two eggs from another couple whose hatching ability had been poor and they've turned out to be the best parents in the whole zoo," said one of the keepers.
"It's very encouraging and if this works out well we will try to arrange for them to become real parents themselves with artificial insemination."
Wildlife experts at the park explain that despite being gay the three-year-old male birds are still driven by an urge to be fathers.
"One of the responsibilities of being a male adult is looking after the eggs. Despite the fact that they can't have eggs naturally, it does not take away their biological drive to be a parent," said one.
It's not clear from the article if the gay couple's adopted eggs have hatched, but I sure hope they have or will.
It seems like the zoo keepers are in a way just carrying out "survival of the fittest," sort of like Child Protective Services of the animal kingdom. If you're deemed to be unfit parents, perhaps it's better to let the gays take over.