The world is on fire and we're all going to die in 2040, but at least we know that love is still alive and well: Doting same-sex penguin couple, Sphen and Magic, are now the glowing fathers to a healthy baby chick.
Stationed at Sea Life Aquarium in Sydney, Australia, the male gentoo penguins have been deeply in love for months. The Twitter-verified couple -- affectionately named Sphengic -- spent their honeymoon phase waddling around, swimming together, and offering pebbles to one another, according to aquarium staff. Zoologists claim that pebbles are "the equivalent of a diamond" for penguins, so the mound of sediment exchanged between the young bachelors is no small gesture. In my experience, this is not an expected behavior amongst human males.
Weeks ago, the aquarium offered Sphengic a dummy egg to get a good gauge on their parenting style, determining immediately that they were "absolute naturals." They were then provided an adopted egg from another couple, which they took turns incubating gingerly.
Unlike parents of the human variety, both parties in a penguin family are equally responsible for rearing the egg. Naturally, Sphen and Magic were happy to share the burden.