A gay penguin couple living in a German zoo have hatched a chick which they are now rearing as if it were their own child. They’re one of four gay couples living in the zoo.

Z and Vielpunk were handed the egg by staff at the Bremerhaven zoo after it appeared to be rejected by its actual parents., northern Germany, says the adult males -t – were given an egg which was rejected by its biological parents.

The baby penguin is now four weeks old is apparently doing well.

In 2006, the zoo controversially imported four Swedish penguins to seduce three other gay penguin couples in order to test their sexuality.

But the temptresses’ advances were met with a frosty reception by both gay rights activists as well as the penguins themselves. One couple remain devoted to and nurse pebbles as if they were eggs.

The gay males were separated from each other and one by one the females were introduced. The males pined for each other until they were reunited.

In 2008, another pair of gay penguins in a zoo in China stole eggs from straight couples in an attempt to become ‘fathers’.

The three-year-old male penguins who are kept in Polar Land in Harbin, north-east China attempted to conceal their theft by placing stones at the feet of the parents before waddling away with their eggs.

The deception however was noticed by the other penguins and the couple were soon ostracised from the group.

Keepers have decided to segregate the pair during hatching season to avoid disrupting the rest of the community.