A pair of male penguins, Sphen Y Magic, united in a solid sexual and affective relationship, they have given an example of responsible fatherhood in the colony of about thirty of these birds in the Sydney Aquarium. Unlike the other couples, all formed by male and female and exhibiting different degrees of negligence, showing themselves unable to have progeny, Sphen Y Magic they have shown admirable ability, diligence and self-abnegation when hatching an egg and move forward the breeding.
The little penguin, Sphengic (lthe names of Sphen Y Sphengic come from the Latin term for the family of penguins, Sphencidae), whose gender is still unknown, because they are difficult to sexar, is the result of surrogate incubation, so to speak. The egg that so skillfully and sacrificially cared for the two males, sitting in turns over it for 28 days, had previously been abandoned by another couple, heterosexual and particularly careless, that was not for the work, come on. Those responsible for the aquarium supplied the orphan egg to our two penguins after observing how well they had previously treated a false egg. This first egg of lies was given to them when they saw that the two birds were paired and built, showing great effort and illusion, a magnificent nest. Everyone agreed that they deserved a real egg and a family, and they have not disappointed the trust.
Both parents were present at the happy moment of hatching and showed their emotion when the chick was born singing to him as penguins usually do. In The worst trip in the world, explorer Apsley Cherry Garrard, who went with Scott and had to face temperatures of -50 degrees to get three penguin eggs Emperor at Cape Crozier (for science, not for omelette), explains how those birds sang to them and how the scouts did the same by singing the British national anthem, before which the penguins were thrown into the water. If the newcomer Sphengic he was surprised to find two dads, he did not show it and started to chat happily with them. They are currently teaching him to swim.
Sphen Y Magic, of six and three years respectively, of the Juanito penguin species (Pygoscelis papua) -Which are characterized by the white spot on the top of the head-, and very different in character, were already a famous couple in Australia before becoming parents. Their relationship, very stable unlike that of other heterosexual couples – despite the myths about monogamy and the penguin's fidelity – coincided with the struggle in the country to legalize gay marriage.
Penguins usually do it, have homosexual relationships, get together two of the same sex (even forever) and nest. But, of course, what two males usually do not have is an egg, although there have been cases in which they have stolen one, and in 2014 Jumbs Y Kermite, Two humboldt penguins from the Kent zoo lived a similar story by hatching an abandoned egg and raising chicken with devotion. As well Roy Y Silo, Two male chinstrap penguins from the Central Park zoo in New York did the same after pitying the breeders when they saw them plant a stone. Their story was very popular and they even took it (not them, of course) to the theater with the perhaps not very inspired title of Birds of a feather. Interestingly, breeding, Tango, a female, was paired with another penguin as a major.
In all penguin species, as seen, homosexual behaviors occur (more information on Homosexual mating displays in penguins, Ethology 116, 2010), something that, together with other observed practices, scandalized the naturalists who studied them. It is known the case of the investigator George Murray Levick, medical officer with Scott in 1910, to which the acts of "nonprocreative sex" of these birds (among which included the necrophilia and the abuse of minors) bothered him so much that he hid them in his reports describing them in Greek (!) and then excluding them from the official publication.
The scientists point out that homosexual behaviors occur in almost all species, and those that do not have them are essentially because they do not practice sex, like sea urchins (and it's no joke). Even so, it may be surprising to know that in sexual relations among giraffes, nine out of ten, according to some sources, occur between males.