Two male penguins at Sydney’s Sea Life aquarium have a very special bond. They built a nest together from ice pebbles. Now they’re incubating an egg together.
Magic and Sphen formed a bond before the breeding season this year and started to collect the pebbles, reported broadcaster ABC. Aquarium staff suspected they were more than friends.
“We’d go over there and Magic and Sphen would be bowing to each other,” Tish Hannan, supervisor of the aquarium’s penguin department, told ABC.
Sea Life staff gave the pair a dummy egg. Upon receiving the dummy egg, she added, “They immediately knew exactly what it was and started incubating it.” The staff then gave them a real egg.
Several same-sex penguin couples have been seen in zoos around the world, Hannan said. One famous pair in New York’s Central Park Zoo was featured in two children’s books. (Reuters)