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Cute Alert: German Penguins Make Case For Gay Adoption

A pair of gay male penguins are raising a chick in Germany's Bremerhaven zoo. The little chick was abandoned by its parents while it was still an egg, so the penguins put the egg in their nest and incubated it for 30 days. Since the chick hatched, they have continued to care for it.

If you're wondering how the zoo knows the penguins are gay, the pair has tried to mate with each other before, and they've shown no interest in female penguins. The zoo says: "Sex and coupling in our world don't always have something to do with reproduction."

Of course it's unclear if this would be allowed at the Arkansas zoo, since voters in that state outlawed gay adoption last November. If you're curious, here's a rundown of where gay adoption is legal in the US.


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Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
Show me proof that these penguins are aware that the other is a male. Umm are you one of those humans who believe animals are completely stupid and should be wiped off the face of the earth?? I mean come on of course they know that their both males. It's quite simple to find out. The penguins obvs. love each other and have adopted a baby penguin therefore creating a family.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
That's cute.
equestriennechic equestriennechic 8 years
Hahahaha, this is SOO cute!!! :)
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
cute story~! those penguins aren't THAT cute though!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I don't understand why the media keeps calling these penguins "gay". The labels we have put on sexuality are largely cultural construct - what a culture or social group considers "gay" or "homosexual behavior" differs all over the world. Sure, these penguins are homosexual, in that they seem to be attracted to the same sex. I'm just saying that this situation, or any other situation in the animal kingdom, can't be compared to human situations, simply because humans put human labels and cultural connotations on animals. There is no concept of "gay" or "straight" or even "sexuality" to a penguin - that's the only way *humans* attempt to understand them.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
@phil- what? are you directing your statment to me? I am not being snarky, you just did not specify. I stated that just because an animal does a certain behavior, it does not mean that it always has the same meaning or correlation in the human species. Comparing penguins to humans proves nothing either way in my book because I can't ask a penguin why I can only guess. I am guessing that the rest of your message is directed to CG.
Phil Phil 8 years
How is it not adoption? And how are the animals not gay? According to the Oxford English Dictionary: Homosexual: Involving, related to, or characterized by a sexual propensity for one's own sex; of or involving sexual activity with a member of one's own sex, or between individuals of the same sex. SYN. Gay. Adoption: The action of voluntarily taking into any relation; esp. of taking into sonship. So, two male penguins known to engage in mating behavior with each other assumed care of a fledgling penguin that was abandoned by its biological parents. I fail to see the logic of how this is not an instance of non-human gay adoption. Help me see what I may not be seeing. Homosexual behavior and the adoption of orphaned young is not simply anthropomorphism. When a person drinks water, and a llama drinks water, they're both drinking water. We don't call human drinking 'drinking' and non-human animal drinking 'schpringking' And non-human animals aren't stupid. Animals are able to distinguish the gender within their own species. Again, I fail to see the logic to the notion that two male penguins aren't aware of the sex of the other. If I had a roommate of the same sex and we started schtuping, that's not merely "bonding." That's engaging in a gay sexual relationship. It may also be bonding, but it does not disprove homosexuality.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
@chouette- But what does this article as it is written have to do with adoption. I don't personally believe that everything happens in the animal has a direct correlation with the human species. I am not stating that it does not happen in nature or from birth in humans. i am just stating that, IMO that it has nothing to do with gay adoption
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Wow...seems like people are missing the fact its a funny bit of trivial news. Nothing more. Nothing less.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
ridiculous. Show me proof that these penguins are aware that the other is a male. because they show no interest in the females means nothing except for that they are bonded. My male cats hump eachother and ignore the female cat, not because they are "gay" but because they are bonded, and the female wants nothing to do with either of them.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
Symphonee, it's a fairly common argument made by people who are anti-gay that "it doesn't happen in nature". This shows that it does.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
No this does not make or break a case because theyare penguins.
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