Sphen and Magic are raising their own egg!!

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

People are falling in love with these gay penguins hatching an egg together

It's just like 'Parks & Rec.'


Ana Valens

Internet Culture

Published Oct 12, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 4:18 am CDT

Sydney Sea Life Aquarium’s first gay penguin couple is on their way to becoming parents and the duo’s egg-rearing saga is taking over Twitter.

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Gay penguins Sphen and Magic, or “Sphengic” if you will, are a staple at the Sydney aquarium as the resident gay penguin couple. Granted, the two penguins aren’t capable of reproducing on their own, but that didn’t stop the two from grabbing ice pebbles and creating a nest for an egg.

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At first, aquarium staff gave Magic and Sphen a fake egg to take care of so they could learn how to incubate together during this year’s breeding season. But the two gay penguins were so good at egg-rearing that staff decided to give them a real egg from a straight penguin duo who had an extra one to spare. That’s right, Sphen and Magic are on their way to becoming parents.

Oh, and don’t worry: Sphen and Magic are already performing their egg duties quite well. In fact, the two are so skilled at their jobs that there are days at a time where visitors can’t even see their egg, which news.com.au calls “good for penguin breeding.”

It didn’t take long for the news to hit Twitter and take over the site.

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Everyone is falling in love with the gay penguin parents, despite the fact that their name is kind of weird.

On the other hand, Twitter fears the gay penguins will become the next battlefield in the West’s ever-looming culture wars.

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Turns out they were right.


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Once again, Parks & Recreation predicted the future.

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H/T Twitter



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*First Published: Oct 12, 2018, 8:31 am CDT