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Gay penguin ‘fathers’ successfully hatch surrogate egg for the second time

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Gay penguin ‘fathers’ successfully hatch surrogate egg for the second time

Gay penguin ‘fathers’ successfully hatch surrogate egg for the second time at Sydney aquarium

  • Australia’s first gay penguin couple have become fathers for the second time 
  • The Gentoo Penguins live at the Sea Life Aquarium in Sydney 
  • Sphen and Magic hatched their first egg in 2018, making Australian history 

Australia’s first gay penguin couple have become fathers for the second time after adopting an egg that was rejected by a straight couple. 

The same-sex couple named Sphen and Magic were given another egg to take care of after they hatched their first in 2018. 

The Gentoo Penguins, who live at the Sea Life Aquarium in Sydney, incubated the egg before it hatched earlier this month. 

During breeding season, Gentoo penguins keep their eggs warm on the pebble nesting rings.

The arrival of their second child coincided with other Gentoo Penguin babies that hatched in the aquarium’s Sub-Antarctic Zone over the past month. One of the newborns is pictured above 

Australia's first gay penguin couple have become fathers for the second time after adopting an egg that was rejected by a straight couple. Sphen and Magic are pictured in this file image above

Australia’s first gay penguin couple have become fathers for the second time after adopting an egg that was rejected by a straight couple. Sphen and Magic are pictured in this file image above 

The parents swap duties daily, while one incubates the egg, and the other wards off any pebble thieves.

The pair had in previous years been given a dummy egg to allow them to practice incubating and develop their skills. 

According to the acquarists, the pair are naturals at caring for their egg. 

A spokesperson for the aquarium told the Star Observer: ‘If one of our pairs has too many eggs or are not good at looking after their eggs we will sometimes foster these eggs out to other pairs like Sphen and Magic.

One of the newborn penguin chicks is pictured above. 'We are beyond excited to welcome the new penguin chicks to our colony,' one of the supervisor's said in a statement

One of the newborn penguin chicks is pictured above. ‘We are beyond excited to welcome the new penguin chicks to our colony,’ one of the supervisor’s said in a statement 

‘We gave Sphen and Magic an egg to incubate as they have proven to be good parents in the past.’

The arrival of their second child coincided with other Gentoo Penguin babies that hatched in the aquarium’s Sub-Antarctic Zone over the past month. 

‘We are beyond excited to welcome the new penguin chicks to our colony. They are doing really well and gaining weight. They started at around 95 grams, now our oldest is almost 2kg and the youngest is sitting at around 399 grams,’ Kerrie Dixon, Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s Penguin Supervisor said in a statement. 

The couple, pictured above, captivated the attention of the globe after incubating a dummy egg

The couple, pictured above, captivated the attention of the globe after incubating a dummy egg

The couple made Australian history by hatching their first egg in 2018. The chick, who is now two years old, was named Lara. Lara is pictured above in 2018

The couple made Australian history by hatching their first egg in 2018. The chick, who is now two years old, was named Lara. Lara is pictured above in 2018 

Lara was born in October 2018 and is now two years old. The trio are pictured together above

Lara was born in October 2018 and is now two years old. The trio are pictured together above 

Sphen and Magic captivated the attention of the globe after passing the test of a dummy egg in October 2018. 

The fathers took turns incubating and protecting the fake egg, proving they were ready for the real deal.

Later that month, they made Australian history by hatching a foster egg. The chick, who is now two years old, was named Lara. 

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