These gay penguins can’t stop stealing other birds’ eggs

Kidnappy feet.

Fresh off their botched theft of a heterosexual penguin couple’s eggs, opportunistic gay penguins in the Netherlands have now turned to snatching the potential offspring of lesbian birds.

This time, the expectant fathers — who reside at Amersfoort’s DierenPark — made off with the lesbian lovebirds’ entire nest, the Daily Mail reported. They are currently taking turns baby-sitting their quarry while the other hunts for food.

It’s unlikely the baby-snatchers’ eggs will hatch, as they were stolen from female penguins and will not be fertilized. Last year, their attempt to steal a straight penguin couple’s eggs similarly backfired after their egg didn’t produce a chick.

“Homosexuality is fairly common in penguins, but what makes this couple remarkable is that they have gotten hold of an egg,” said zookeeper Marc Belt at the time.

Fortunately, the lady birds don’t seem too perturbed by the nest robbery, and will likely build a replacement soon as the species breeds twice per year, according to keepers.

Here’s hoping that egg won’t also be pilfered by their male counterparts, who are the dominant pair out of the enclosure’s 17 penguins. “Each couple in the enclosure have their own shelter but this couple has commandeered two,” said zookeeper Sander Drost.

The penguins aren’t the first same-sex soulmates to hatch an unauthorized adoption scheme. A same-sex duo in Denmark made online waves in 2018 after “kidnapping” a chick while its parents were having a swim. And in August, a lesbian power couple in Valencia, Spain, successfully incubated and birthed a baby bird a la Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hatches the Egg.”

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