Two Lesbian Penguins Welcome Their First Chick!

Lesbian couple of penguins, Electra and Viola, welcomed first chick!

Electra and Viola, two lesbian penguins who have been a couple for several months, live at Oceanogràfic València in Valencia, Spain.

A few months ago, they both expressed the desire to start a family.

They began constructing a nest with tiny pebbles, as other pairs of penguins used to do in the aquarium.

The penguin caregivers then entrusted them with an egg fertilized and laid by a straight couple who could not cope with the pressure of caring for two chicks at the same time.

Electra and Viola took care, for several weeks, to incubate the egg that was given to them before it hatched a few days ago.

The two penguin moms have thus become the happy moms of a little chick that they are now raising.

“Although same-sex couples are common in more than 450 species in both zoos and nature, it’s the first time this has happened in our aquarium,” Oceanogràfic València stated on its Facebook page. “Welcome to the world, little one!”

Many stories of same-sex penguin parents make the headlines every year because nowadays, the keepers don’t hesitate to entrust them with eggs.

Last year, the Sea Life Aquarium in London even announced its very first gender-neutral penguin, which was adopted by the aquarium’s lesbian couple, who raise a new chick every season.

Penguins are a fascinating species that constantly remind us of the diversity on Earth.

Electra and Viola still have many beautiful years ahead of them, and other chicks will surely come to fill them.

Meet Electra, Viola and their chick in the video below:

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Saturday, 03 June 2023