Monday, 4 June 2007

Gay Pride

Who says gay couples don't make good parents? While debate may be raging about homosexual adoption in human societies, the animal kingdom has shown some sterling successes. Take Carlos and Fernando, a gay flamingo couple at at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.

WWT spokeswoman Jane Waghorn said: "Fernando and Carlos are a same sex couple who have been known to steal other Flamingos' eggs by chasing them off their nest because they wanted to rear them themselves. "They were rather good at sitting on eggs and hatching them so last week, when a nest was abandoned, it seemed like a good idea to make them surrogate parents.

Jane Waghorn added "They have really bonded with the chick and are very good at being protective parents - finally to one of their own." Thanks for that Edel!

2 comments:

Peter said...

Although the stealing eggs from other birds doesn't really mark them out as exemplar members of society.

I would have found this story much more amusing if the Daily Mail had focussed on the "Gay flamingos more likely to abduct children" aspect of it, and then extrapolated this to humans.

Consider This said...

I don't know - stealing from the egg rich to give to the egg poor...seems like an eminently fair principle. Also, I wonder to what extent an egg can be classified as a chick - after how many days can its rights be established?!