Same-sex penguin couple in Spanish aquarium adopts, hatches firstborn chick

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A pair of female penguins at an aquarium in Spain are the proud parents of a baby chick, the Oceanogràfic València aquarium announced one week ago.

Electra y Viola, dos pingüinos hembras del Oceanogràfic València 🐧♥️🐧 han incubado el huevo de otra pareja y ahora...

Posted by Oceanogràfic València on Monday, August 17, 2020

According to a news release issued by the aquarium, Electra and Viola adopted an egg from another penguin couple, incubated and hatched it.

The aquarium called the couple “an exceptional pair” and said the adoption is a first for the facility, CBS News reported.

Penguins typically lay two eggs at a time, and each parent takes turns incubating an egg in the nest, which takes about 38 days to hatch, WLNS reported.

According to the aquarium, more than 450 species of animals form same-sex partnerships.

In 2018, two male penguins at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Australia welcomed a baby of their own after staff realized they were instinctively building a nest. The pair were given a dummy egg to nurture, and when all went well, a real egg was offered and accepted, CBS News reported.


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