Someone once said “animals often possess an outlook on life that’s so pure, it reminds us what it’s like to live in a world free from judgement“. Ok, I just made that up. But, it’s not necessarily untrue!
Just look at dogs… you’re kind to them and they love you unconditionally as a result. They don’t care what you look like, your gender or your opinions on politics. They just think you’re neat regardless and in a world where everyone seems to have an opinion on everything anyone else does, that’s a pretty freakin’ welcome thing.
Within their own social circles and families, animals vary massively and so their actions replicate this variation.
In one of the slightly more unusual stories you’ll read today, an unexpected turn of events at Odense Zoo in Denmark has really got people talking…
It’s easy to forget sometimes that we humans are not the only ones pushing the metaphorical envelope when it comes to what’s considered the ‘norm’ with regards to social behaviour.
For example, a homosexual Danish penguin couple were recently caught on camera ‘adopting’ another couples chick. The reason? It was seemingly cast aside by its biological parents and so the gay penguins took it in as one of their own, n’awwwww.
Indy100 recently reported this act of selflessness and staff told Danish broadcaster DR that having noticed the chicks parents were basically ignoring its existence, the gay couple took matters into their own hands.
Animal keeper Sandie Hedegård Munck explained:
“I think the female has been out to get her bath, and then it has been the male’s turn to care for the chick”
“He may have left that, and that couple has thought, it’s a pity, we’ll get it”
One of the more heartbreaking elements to the story is that once the chick was taken, the dad didn’t even notice it was gone (I don’t think he’s winning a father of the year award any time soon).
But, as you can see in the video, once the mother returned to find her chick had disappeared, she was pretty freakin’ upset.
So, the staff took it upon themselves to reunite the two.
But, it wasn’t as easy as that as the adoptive parents did not want to give up their newfound family member and some hostilities ensued in which the zookeeper had to forcefully push back the adoptive parents from the chick.
Hopefully the chicks parents will think twice next time before neglecting it. After all, infant penguins rely heavily on their parents during the early stages of their lives in the wild, so had this happened in the Antarctic for example, the chick may not have survived.
Just another day in the life of a zookeeper aye?
Check out the full video from Odense Zoo here:
(Video Credits: Radio.com/Odense Zoo)