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Glenelg and Gordon... and Gracie!

Thursday, October 07, 2010 3:40pm
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Many Zoos around the world have a pair of gay penguins in their collections and sometimes they are even used to foster eggs or chicks from pairs that are unable to breed successfully.

Our pair of Little Penguins, Glenelg and Gordon, have gone one step further and have found themselves a surrogate female to lay eggs and help them rear their young.

Last year Glenelg and Gordon got together with Gracie to breed. Two eggs were laid and, although fertile, neither egg hatched.

This year the trio are together again and they are rearing two very healthy chicks. Generally both parents contribute to incubation and rearing, but in this case all three can sometimes be found in the nest, which at the moment is becoming a very cramped. The chicks should be on display in about three weeks time.

Trena
Senior Bird Keeper, Adelaide Zoo

Comments

That made me laugh out loud & then I had to share the news. It is so wonderful that in nature they just accept you the way you are. Good on ya Glenelg, Gordon & Gracie.
Posted By: Blossom on Friday, October 08, 2010 3:34pm

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