A pair of gay penguins are being segregated from their straight sphenisciform brothers fellow after trying to steal eggs to become surrogate dads. Keepers caught them trying to trick straight birds into parting with their offspring by placing round stones at their feet and then running off with an egg.
Experts at the Polarland Park in Harbin, north east China, say that despite being gay the three year old male birds are still driven by an urge to be dads.
"One of the responsibilities of being a male adult is looking after the eggs. Despite this being a biological impossibility for this couple, the natural desire is still there," explained a keeper.
"It's not discrimination. We have to fence them separately, otherwise the whole group will be disturbed during hatching time," they added.
Although I do not condone egg stealing I’m sure that these penguins would be attentive fathers...