Two male Humboldt penguins at a wildlife park in the England, who have joined in a rare same-sex pairing, are now filling in the role of parents for a needy chick that was abandoned by its mother and father.
Staff at the facility say that Jumbs and Kermit, penguins which have been bonded as a couple since 2012, incubated the egg until it hatched last month. Since then, they've been doting after the young chick as if it were their own -- feeding it and working in shifts to make sure its always attended to.
In fact, a spokesperson for Wingham Wildlife Park in Kent, says the unlikely pair are actually doing a better job at raising their adoptive offspring than most.
"The one month old baby is showing that these two penguins are excellent surrogate parents, and dare we say some of the best penguin parents we have here," they told ITV News.
"They are doing very well and we have our fingers crossed that their chick will grow up to join the rest of our group in a couple of months."
Although it is heartening to know that penguin couples, even unconventional ones, can make such compassionate caregivers to chicks that aren't their own, it's hard not to suspect that those great parenting skills would be better served outside of captivity.