Yet another inconvenient truth

Gay FlamingosFrom Pamela Leavey
at The Democratic Daily

Gay Flamingos Pick Up Chick

Who says that gay parenting is un-natural? Apparently there’s nothing un-natural about gay flamingos parenting:

 

A pair of gay flamingos have adopted an abandoned chick, becoming parents after being together for six years, a British conservation organisation said Monday.

Carlos and Fernando had been desperate to start a family, even chasing other flamingos from their nests to take over their eggs at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge near Bristol.

But their egg-sitting prowess made them the top choice for taking an unhatched egg under their wings when one of the Greater Flamingo nests was abandoned.

The couple, together for six years, can feed chicks by producing milk in their throats.

It seems that “gay flamingos are not uncommon,” and if “there aren’t enough females or they don’t hit it off with them, they will pair off with other males.” And aparently some gay flamingos really feel the nesting instinct rather strongly…

Fernando and Carlos are a same sex couple who have been known to steal other flamingos’ eggs by chasing them off their nest because they wanted to rear them themselves,” said WWT spokeswoman Jane Waghorn.

“They were rather good at sitting on eggs and hatching them so last week, when a nest was abandoned, it seemed like a good idea to make them surrogate parents.”

I couldn’t help but laugh reading this story, I used to have a gay neighbor named Carlos years ago who was incredibly flamboyant and a lot of fun. Hat’s off to Carlos and Fernando for starting their own little family!

Andrew Sullivan asks, is it “Time to excommunicate Planet Earth?” And on The Reaction, Michael J.W. Stickings notes, “good for them, I say.” Melissa adds on Shakesville, “Yet another inconvenient truth for the “gay parenting is unnatural” crowd.”

  3 comments for “Yet another inconvenient truth

  1. May 23, 2007 at 8:27 am

    No wonder why flamingos have always been my favorite birds! ; )

  2. Publius
    May 23, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    It’s an especially appropriate story today, when we congratulate the Vice President on the birth of his new grandchild.

  3. May 25, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Rosie Avila says that God is mad at the flamingos…

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