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London's Same-Sex Penguin Couple Are Set To Raise 'Genderless' Chick


Added 09-11-19 04:16:02pm EST - “Rocky and Marama have adopted a four-month-old Gentoo chick that will be classified as neither male nor female, Sea Life London Aquarium said.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “London's Same-Sex Penguin Couple Are Set To Raise 'Genderless' Chick”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LONDON, Sept 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two female penguins are set to raise the first “gender neutral” chick, a London aquarium said on Wednesday, the latest same-sex penguin parents to take a furry baby under their wings.

Rocky and Marama, who have been together for six breeding seasons, have adopted a four-month-old Gentoo chick that will be classified as neither male nor female, Sea Life London Aquarium said.

″(Our) expert care team decided that it would be normal for this chick to be identified as genderless by the team and guests rather than sticking to tradition of naming our penguins at the aquarium as a male or female,” it said in a statement.

Homosexuality in nature is relatively common, with same-sex pairings observed in beetles, dolphins and sheep among many other species.

Over the past few years, gay penguin couples at zoos in London, Berlin and New York have made global headlines, with two male penguins hatching Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s first sub-Antarctic chick, following a successful trial with a dummy egg.

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