Dingle Oceanworld has two new celebrities today in the form of two female penguins that have set up shack together in their million euro polar home.
Penelope and Missy are said to be showing all the signs of a courting penguin couple say the staff at the aquarium in Kerry, according to the Irish Examiner. The pair are one of five duos that have paired off for breeding season, and while same-sex penguin couples are not an irregular occurence in the animal world, it's usually males like New York's Roy and Silo that break from the norm.
According to head penguin keeper at Dingle Oceanworld Kate Hall:
'It’s definitely not an unusual occurrence although this time it’s two females. The thing penguins do to show they like each other is they bow to each other and they are doing that. When they come into breeding season, they do it to the penguin of their choice and it reinforces the bond between them. It is very sweet to watch.'
And to add the adorableness of the situation, don't worry about their not being any baby penguins for these couples to look after. One male penguin couple in a Danish zoo became adoptive parents to a chick that was abandoned as an egg. Yes, gay penguin adoption. It's happened. There can be nothing cuter to happen today. Go home everyone, we're done.