UPDATE: Perhaps inspired by the book, these two gay male penguins have resorted to attempting to steal eggs from other (heterosexual) couples in order to raise a chick of their own.
A couple of gay penguins are attempting to steal eggs from straight birds in an effort to become “fathers”, it has been reported.
The two penguins have started placing stones at the feet of parents before waddling away with their eggs, in a bid to hide their theft.
But the deception has been noticed by other penguins at the zoo, who have ostracised the gay couple from their group. Now keepers have decided to segregate the pair of three-year-old male birds to avoid disrupting the rest of the community during the hatching season.
A keeper at Polar Land in Harbin, north east China explained that the gay couple had the natural urge to become fathers, despite their sexuality.
“One of the responsibilities of being a male adult is looking after the eggs. Despite this being a biological impossibility for this couple, the natural desire is still there,” a keeper told the Austrian Times newspaper.
‘Cos, like, y’know… They can’t naturally reproduce their extinct-in-one-generation homosexual-mating genes.
“Curse you Darwin!” – One of the penguins in Madagascar 2
Roy and Silo are two Chinstrap penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo. They are both male. And for a period of time, they were a couple… A homosexual couple.
Roy and Silo had paired up and attempted to hatch a rock as if it were an egg. The zoo staff noticed this effort at parenthood, and provided the second egg of a male-female couple which had unsuccessfully tried hatching two eggs at one time.
The egg was successfully hatched, and the healthy female chick was named Tango. Tango grew up to adulthood and is now in a homosexual relationship with another female penguin.
All this, of course, was quickly trumpeted by the LGBT community as a shining example of the timeless, beautiful story that is the homosexual relationship.
“Roy and Silo chose their own gender over the opposite gender, even when the zookeepers tried to exert their bigoted fundamentalist agenda! So faithful, instead of the divorce that mars heterosexual marriages!”
“Look how caring and attentive they are in raising a chick! Dad and dad families can be healthy and balanced.”
“Tango grew up to be a well-adjusted individual, fully accepting her parents’ lifestyle choice and even embracing it by pairing with a female!”
And so on and so on. This charming tale was made into a children’s storybook called ‘And Tango Makes Three‘ to teach pre-pubescent kids that being gay is okay (and definitely not influence their sexuality, since as allllll reputable scientists know, homosexuality is 100% genetically determined and not a concious choice at all).
So are Roy and Silo (and Tango) a beautiful, fairytale (fairy tale lol!) example of how homosexual relationships exist even in natural settings? Are gay penguins a strong argument for the universal value of alternative sexual preference?
NOT QUITE. Here is why not:
1) Roy and Silo were kept in an unnatural environment, namely a zoo enclosure with no females. Still having the instincts for pairing up, Roy and Silo took the only choice afforded them – another male. It’s about as natural and free-choice as the situational homosexuality of prison shower sex. (See point 5 also.) This point has been superceded by this comment.
2) While it may be touching that they wanted to lay an egg, hatch it and raise a chick together… I find it incredibly sad that being unable to procreate, they got a rock as a substitute. It’s like that heart-breaking scene in Disney’s 1939 cartoon, The Ugly Duckling, where the Ugly Duckling is so desperate for acceptance that it adopts a fake wooden duck as its parent.
3) The zoo staff had to provide a spare egg from a heterosexual couple in order for Roy and Silo to ‘reproduce’. After all, quite clearly, purely homosexual couples cannot produce offspring. If homosexual preference really is all in the genes, the trait will quickly disappear from the gene pool, as no offspring will ever be produced from a homosexual pairing. How does that help show that homosexuality is ‘natural’? UPDATE: I forgot, homosexuality could be a recessive trait. See this comment and the immediately following reply.
4) Further undermining the theoretical notion (not the ‘indisuptable fact proven by science’ as some may argue) that homosexuality is all in the genes, Roy and Silo’s ‘daughter’ Tango grew up to display homosexual preference as well, this time in a female-female pairing. Now as you have seen from Points 2 and 3, Tango is in no way related to Roy or Silo. She has none of their genetic material – not a single line of DNA from them. So where did she get her ‘gay genes’ from? Or could it be more likely that, being raised by two homosexuality-displaying parents, she was influenced by them – an environmental cause, not a genetic one?
5) And to demolish the March of the Gay Penguins altogether, after 6 years of partnering together, Roy and Silo separated. Roy remained single, while Silo, gay icon and shining example of the alternative lifestyles of nature… Paired up with a female named Scrappy. Does this say anything about Silo’s true preferences? (PLUS: Another ’caused solely by genes and all natural’ gay penguin couple succumbs to heterosexuality.)
PS. There’s also this…
As I say below, All cuteness of penguins aside, should the sexual and familial behaviour of animals be at any time used as an example or a guide for human behaviour?
Or if so, then should penguins also be teaching us about the ‘natural’ joys of rape, necrophilia and murder?
In conclusion, the following points have been raised for the reader to ponder:
I. Is homosexual preference really a ‘preference’? Would Roy and Silo have chosen males over females if they had been given the choice during their formative, adolescent and mature ages – instead of being confined in an all-male environment?
II. Is homosexuality ‘natural’? Considering that if nature were allowed to run its course, homosexual behaviour would die out within the short span of ONE GENERATION from lack of propagation – as it produces no offspring to carry on the so-called ‘gay genes’? Unless, of course, the homosexual individual ‘cheats’ and mates with a member of the opposite gender…
III. Is homosexuality really 100% genetically determined and 0% influenced by upbringing and surroundings? Tango did not inherit any ‘gay genes’ from her adoptive parents, but grew up continually exposed to the homosexual lifestyle of Roy and Silo.
IV. Point III raises a related question – If upbringing and environment can influence a child’s sexuality, what does it say about homosexual marriages and adoption and raising of children in a homosexual household? If genes are not the sole factor, then this is one way to ‘propagate’ homosexuality.
V. All cuteness of penguins aside, should the sexual and familial behaviour of animals be at any time used as an example or a guide for human behaviour? We are, after all, PEOPLE – the very definition of which excludes being beasts controlled solely by base and bestial impulses. (Well, people and not animals as far as liberal definitions are NOT involved, nor moral relativist definitions.)
Above from Illinois Review.
And see A Brokeback Mountain Sanitation Query for a related question on hygiene and cleanliness (which is next to godliness, of course).
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