Same-Sex Penguin Couple Stronger Than Ever This Breeding Season
Sphen and Magic, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium's same-sex penguin couple, are on their way to becoming parents for the second time.
The pair developed a strong bond in early 2018, and keepers at the aquarium gave the couple a foster egg in October.
Little Sphengic was born at the end of October, and has just celebrated her first birthday.
This breeding season, keepers wasted no time in allowing Sphen and Magic to foster a second egg after they built an impressive nest, complete with an arrangement of 'ice pebbles'.
"They have the neatest and largest nest in the colony and when we noticed that another couple were struggling to incubate two eggs at the same time, we made the decision to foster the second egg to the power couple of the colony” said Tish Hannan, Penguin Supervisor.
The pair have proved their worth as parents to baby Sphengic, with keepers saying they are both very loyal and protective.
"Baby Sphengic... had an excellent start to life under their care and while she’s still a bundle of energy and very loud, she’s matured nicely but still quite unsure as to what all the adults are doing this breeding season," Hannan said.
"Sphengic may or may not have a little brother or sister in a few weeks, we’re yet to confirm if the egg is fertile."
Gentoo penguins show their affection during breeding season by bowing -- an act the aquarium says Sphen and Magic commonly do.