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Gay penguin 'power couple' adopt second egg at Sydney aquarium

Australia, Sydney
November 08, 2019 at 08:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Two male penguins, Sphen and Magic, have decided to become parents again by fostering another egg at Sydney's Sea Life Aquarium. The couple successfully hatched their first chick in 2018 and have since been happy parents to a baby penguin Sphengic who just turned one this year.

Newly-released stills show the couple taking care of their second fostered egg.

Penguin keeper at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium Tish Hannan said Sphen and Magic "are doing extremely well" and have "the biggest and most beautiful and possibly neatest nest in the entire exhibit."

The decision to give the couple a second egg was made after the penguin keepers noticed another couple struggling to incubate two eggs at the same time.

"We've fostered them another egg this year, so Sphengic may or may not have a baby brother or sister, but we're not sure if it's fertile yet at this stage," Hannan added.

Archive footage from October 2018 shows Sphen offering a special stone to Magic, which is believed to be the equivalent to proposing in the penguins' language. Footage also shows Sphen and Magic taking care of their first baby Sphengic.

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Two male penguins, Sphen and Magic, have decided to become parents again by fostering another egg at Sydney's Sea Life Aquarium. The couple successfully hatched their first chick in 2018 and have since been happy parents to a baby penguin Sphengic who just turned one this year.

Newly-released stills show the couple taking care of their second fostered egg.

Penguin keeper at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium Tish Hannan said Sphen and Magic "are doing extremely well" and have "the biggest and most beautiful and possibly neatest nest in the entire exhibit."

The decision to give the couple a second egg was made after the penguin keepers noticed another couple struggling to incubate two eggs at the same time.

"We've fostered them another egg this year, so Sphengic may or may not have a baby brother or sister, but we're not sure if it's fertile yet at this stage," Hannan added.

Archive footage from October 2018 shows Sphen offering a special stone to Magic, which is believed to be the equivalent to proposing in the penguins' language. Footage also shows Sphen and Magic taking care of their first baby Sphengic.

Mandatory credit: Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

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