Drost called the male penguin couple “very determined” — but their desire to become fathers might still not come to fruition, because the eggs were taken from a same-sex female couple and therefore are most likely unfertilized.
Last year, after the two penguins stole the single egg, it turned out that egg was also unfertilized. The heterosexual couple whose egg was stolen laid another one after the heist, the zoo said in a news release
at the time.
“Maybe one day we will welcome a chick that has been hatched by a gay couple. Who knows, they might succeed next year,” Drost said in the most recent news release
There have been several reports of same-sex penguin couples around the world pursuing fatherhood or motherhood.
, Electra and Violet, a couple of female gentoo penguins at the Oceanogràfic València aquarium in Spain, adopted an egg and raised the baby chick that was hatched.
In October 2018, Sphen and Magic, two male gentoo penguins at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Australia, welcomed a female chick
that was named Sphengic.
The story of Silo and Roy, two male chinstrap penguins at the Central Park Zoo in New York that welcomed a chick named Tango in 1998, inspired an award-winning children’s book