Same-sex penguin couple foster egg together at Australian aquarium

Staff writer

A male same-sex penguin couple at a Sydney aquarium have become the first in Australia to nurture a foster egg during this year's breeding season.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium say that Sphen and Magic, or Sphengic, became 'inseparable' before the breeding season and started collecting pebbles to create a nest, much like other couples do to keep their eggs warm.

In order to keep them involved, keepers first gave the pair a dummy egg but seeing as they "were absolute naturals and displayed great excitement caring for their egg", they gave them a real egg from another couple for a taste of parenthood.