28 May 2012

Male penguin pair given their own egg

SPAIN - Following in the flipper-steps of New York's Roy and Silo and China's 0310 and 067, male gentoo penguins Inca and Rayas at Faunia nature park in Madrid have been given an egg to incubate.

The Telegraph reports that the penguin pair have built nests together for the last six breeding seasons but of course have had no chick to occupy them.

Yolanda Martin, who cares for the penguins, said, "We wanted them to have something to stay together for - so we got an egg. Otherwise they might have become depressed."

They have taken to their parental role like penguins to water, with Inca incubating the egg and Rayas guarding the nest.

Although Inca and Rayas have been inseparable since they met at Faunia, Martin says that the penguins are not gay, just best friends.

And the penguin pair aren't just raising an egg - their story has become a media sensation, raising Spain's spirits as the country battles its economic difficulties.

'Gay' penguin couple given egg of their own by Nick Collins, 22 May 2012, The Telegraph

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