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Gay Penguins Cause Chaos At Zoo By Adopting Neglected Chick From Parents

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – the world can be a cruel and unforgiving place at times. Japan’s population is depleting, freezing temperatures are on their way, and a huge skull shaped comet is heading straight for us…kind of.

Yes, it can seem like all hope is lost at times and we’re simply residing on a flaming trash heap. But that’s why we’ve got animals to remind us that everything’s going to be okay.

In the most recent show of everything-is-okay-ness, a gay king penguin couple from Denmark rescued a neglected chick that was seemingly cast aside by its birth parents. Can we get a collective ‘aww’?

According to Indy100, this incredible show of affection unfolded at Odense Zoo, with staff telling Danish broadcaster DR that the couple took the chick under their wing after noticing the parents were ignoring it.

Speaking about this heartwarming incident, animal keeper Sandie Hedegård Munck said:”I think the female has been out to get her bath, and then it has been the male’s turn to care for the chick.

“He may have left that, and that couple has thought, ‘it’s a pity, we’ll get it’.”

Apparently the dad didn’t even notice the chick had gone, although the mother was visibly distressed, which led staff to eventually return the baby back to its parents.

But don’t think this happened without a fight – the adoptive parents were super pissed at having to give up their newfound relative. Particularly since they swooped in when the chick was most in need.

Per penguin expert Dyan de Napoli: “In the wild, the natural behaviour is that up until a certain age, one of the parents will always be with the chick.”

In other words, that chicklet should not have been alone and those gay penguins swept in like the utter heroes they are to save and look after it. But all was not lost – reportedly the same sex penguin couple were given an egg of their own. No doubt that chick will go down as one of the most loved penguins since Pingu.

 

via Lad Bible