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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.
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.
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.
Sydney's Sea Life aquarium says it is a gay penguin couple, Sphen and Magic, and they are hatching an egg together— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) October 11, 2018
"The pair make a great team" pic.twitter.com/Qvbut1jZiU
Penguins giving each other special rocks is my favourite thing in nature, it's honestly just so pure and good— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) October 11, 2018
gay penguins hatching an egg together... life is good— ♔ HAPPY BDAY KEITH!!!!! (@viribirb) October 12, 2018
#GayPenguins ‘having a baby’ is literally the cutest story of today. 🌈😍🤗🐧— Miss Wobble🇪🇺🇬🇧🏳️🌈 (@richie_rich77) October 12, 2018
Gay penguins are T H R I V I N G https://t.co/553R0Aw4g5— Valerie Lynn (@smallestvalerie) October 12, 2018
I have an essay due in 12 hours but I’m on here reading about gay penguins sharing rocks to profess their love to one another pic.twitter.com/6aazuuLKTs— and sprite (@alyzzabel) October 12, 2018
Everyone is falling in love with the gay penguin parents, despite the fact that their name is kind of weird.
The gay penguins thing at Sea Life Sydney absolutely rules but let's be honest the couple name Sphengic sounds like a horrid disease. pic.twitter.com/nNC9kHbJF5— Mitch Feltscheer (@mitchfel) October 12, 2018
That.. that hurt man ... 💔 pic.twitter.com/lGHojzmgN1— Sea Life Sydney Aquarium (@Sydney_Aquarium) October 12, 2018
On the other hand, Twitter fears the gay penguins will become the next battlefield in the West’s ever-looming culture wars.
I really hope the gay penguins don't become a culture war issue— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) October 12, 2018
I give it 12 hours until one of them is milkshake ducked.— big guy on campus? (@coolestdudeva) October 12, 2018
I just love the idea that there's homophobes out there genuinely angry that penguins might be gay.— BatMags (@ViciousValkyrie) October 12, 2018
Penguins just waddling along. Doing their stuff. They don't give a fuck.
Honestly cannot wait until the alt right hears about the gay penguins in Sydney that is gonna be such a laugh— Cole Deller (@TheCDMole) October 12, 2018
Turns out they were right.
wait penguins are gay— ً (@jmstrv) October 7, 2018
Gay penguins? These people will artificially make these penguins believe they're gay just to push this motion.— Ehimen (@eDante_) October 12, 2018
Are they really gay? Or is this something #penguins do in the absence of females to ensure species survival?— Alistair P D Bain (@AlistairPDBain) October 12, 2018
People... are actually upset over two gay penguins... what the hell. Listen, animals have been mating way longer than we've ever existed; homosexuality IS natural. It occurs in nature. Get over it. Quit trying to deny that it's not "normal". It's not normal by YOUR standards.— how am i alive (@Leouniii) October 12, 2018
Lol someone blocked me over gay penguins and me explaining to them how the zookeepers knew they were gay penguins.....— ArvuReBooooooootra (@ArvuReBantra) October 12, 2018
BECAUSE THEY SAW THE PENGUINS FUCK
Once again, Parks & Recreation predicted the future.
there was a Parks and Rec episode about this— Anthony Segaert (@anthonysegaert) October 11, 2018
ok but it’s homophobic not to acknowledge that will & grace did it first!!— David Mack (@davidmackau) October 11, 2018
Let's not pull a Parks and Rec on these penguins and let them LIVE IN PEACE https://t.co/lTbi1ZWLQs— New Gay 2019 (@tor_hanyo) October 12, 2018
Just received my third press release about this today dw everyone - penguins definitely still gay, life is still definitely like parks and rec, and my email inbox is definitely still clogged— Lucy Watson (@lucyj_watson) October 12, 2018
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Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.