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Same Sex Penguins Get Egg of Their Own [VIDEO]

A same sex penguin couple in a Madrid zoo has been given an egg of their own to care for after building nests together for the past six springs without an egg! The penguins aren’t really gay, more like best friends.

According to the U.K.’s Telegraph, Inca and Rayas, the Gentoo penguins at Madrid’s Faunia Park, have been inseparable for six years. This year, the zoo gave them an egg to take care of.

We wanted them to have something to stay together for — so we got an egg,” zookeeper Yolanda Martin told the Telegraph. “Otherwise they might have become depressed.”

Here’s what Kevin McGowan of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, N.Y. had to say about the Penguins:

“When you put things in captivity, odd things happen. The way penguins work is they do get paired for a long time. Basically, the only other penguin they care about is their mate, so it’s important for them to find somebody who’s compatible, and if you don’t have a normal upbringing then it’s difficult to say how ‘normal’ they can be.”

These BFF’s have taken to the roles of becoming parents with eagerness. Inca has taken on the “female” role, spending his days sitting on the egg, and Rayas has taken the “male” role, guarding the nest and storing food in his beak as he prepares to feed the chick with regurgitated fish. YUM!

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