Gay flamingos adopt abandoned chick

A pair of gay flamingos have become foster parents after taking an abandoned chick under their wings.

Carlos and Fernando had been so desperate to start a family that they had resorted to stealing eggs at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.

But their egg-sitting and hatching skills impressed staff so much that when one of the flamingo nests was abandoned last week, they were considered the number one choice to adopt the chick.

The unhatched egg was taken to an incubator where it was warmed up and monitored.

Hours later a healthy chick emerged, but staff were concerned that the duo would not bond with the newborn because the process normally begins when the chicks are ‚calling‘ them from inside the egg.

So the chick was carefully placed in an old eggshell, which was taped up and returned to the couple’s empty nest.

The pair were soon seen ‚talking‘ to the chick inside the egg and a little while later it hatched for a second time – to be greeted by its new parents.

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.“

The pair, who have been together for about six years, can feed their chick without any female help, by producing milk in their throat.

The chick, who is being brought up in a ‚creche‘ with 15 other newborns, has been welcomed into the flock, under the watchful eyes of its new parents.

Gay flamingos are not particularly rare and enjoy an elevated status with their choice of partner.

„If there aren’t enough females or they don’t hit it off with them, they will pair off with other males,“ Ms Waghorn said.

The pair are greater flamingos, the most widely dispersed of the six flamingo species, being found in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America. The average lifespan is about 30 years.

A gay flamingo couple has settled down together at the Denver Zoo

Lance Bass and Freddie Mercury are an item. Which might sound really strange, but not when you learn that the two are flamingos at the Denver Zoo and not actual people.

“Did you know that Denver Zoo is home to a same sex flamingo couple? Chilean flamingo Lance Bass and American flamingo Freddie Mercury have paired up for several years,” the zoo posted on Facebook for Pride month.

“While these two males won’t be able to have a chick of their own, they are able to act as surrogate parents if a breeding pair is unable to raise their chick for any reason.”

Not only are the couple binational, they’re also into Daddy scenarios. Freddie is almost 50 years old, but Lance was hatched in 2001. So, hey. It’s legal. Who are we to judge?

Same-sex pairing are common in the animal kingdom, despite the religious right claims that homosexuality is “not natural.”

This year alone, LGBTQ Nation has reported on a bald eagle thrupple raising chicks together as a family, two male penguins who had a lavish wedding ceremonymost of the penguin couples are same-sex pairs.

Did you know that Denver Zoo is home to a same sex flamingo couple? Chilean flamingo Lance Bass and American flamingo…

A gay flamingo couple has settled down together at the Denver Zoo

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When a newly-hatched flamingo chick was abandoned by its mother and father, the search for surrogate parents did not take long.

Carlos and Fernando, the only gays in the bird sanctuary, were the automatic choice.

The pair have already brought up three chicks after snatching eggs from other (mixed) couples at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire.

For flamingoes, as for humans, bonding with baby is vital. The parent birds need to hear cheeping from within the egg then see the chick hatch.

So staff at the trust placed the abandoned youngster in a broken egg, taped it up and placed it in Carlos and Fernando’s nest. Soon afterwards it emerged good as new.

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,“

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Gay Flamingo Couple Adopts Abandoned Chick

Chilean Flamingo Chick at Edinburgh Zoo. Image via Edinburgh Zoo.

After being abandoned by her mom and dad, a flamingo chick was taken under the wing of a gay flamingo couple at the Edinburgh Zoo. Five new babies were added to the roost this year, making the flock total 33 adults, but one chick was left in danger of dying after its birth parents accidentally kicked it out of the nest and then abandoned it. “We weren’t short of drama in the flamingo flock this year,” Bird Keeper Nick Dowling said. “When the first egg arrived the parenting couple got really excited and accidentally knocked it off the nest – their natural instinct was then to abandon the egg…We don’t usually intervene with our flamingo flock but as this was our first egg since 2010, we carefully picked it up and placed it back on the nest. Luckily, one of our same-sex male couples went straight onto the nest, fostered the egg and raised it as their own.”

Gay Flamingo Couple Adopts Abandoned Chick

Gay flamingos adopt chick after it was abandoned by its parents

A pair of gay flamingos at Edinburgh zoo have adopted a baby chick, after it was rejected by its straight parents.

The rare Chilean Flamingo was born to a straight couple as part of the zoo’s breeding programme, but was left helpless after it fell out of its nest before even hatching.

According to the Mirror, zookeeper Nick Dowling said: “We weren’t short of drama in the flamingo flock this year.

“When the first egg arrived the parenting couple got really excited and accidentally knocked it off the nest – their natural instinct was then to abandon the egg.

“We don’t usually intervene with our flamingo flock but as this was our first egg since 2010, we carefully picked it up and placed it back on the nest.

“Luckily, one of our same-sex male couples went straight onto the nest, fostered the egg and raised it as their own.”

Head of birds Colin Oulton added: “This year has been good for us so far.

“We’ve had five chicks and it’s the first time we’ve bred since 2010. We are obviously delighted.

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