From Pamela Leavey
at The Democratic Daily
Who says that gay parenting is un-natural? Apparently thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“gay flamingos are not uncommon,Ã¢â‚¬Â and if Ã¢â‚¬Å“there arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enough females or they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hit it off with them, they will pair off with other males.Ã¢â‚¬Â And aparently some gay flamingos really feel the nesting instinct rather stronglyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Fernando and Carlos are a same sex couple who have been known to steal other flamingosÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ eggs by chasing them off their nest because they wanted to rear them themselves,Ã¢â‚¬Â said WWT spokeswoman Jane Waghorn.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. HatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s off to Carlos and Fernando for starting their own little family!
Andrew Sullivan asks, is it Ã¢â‚¬Å“Time to excommunicate Planet Earth?Ã¢â‚¬Â And on The Reaction, Michael J.W. Stickings notes, Ã¢â‚¬Å“good for them, I say.Ã¢â‚¬Â Melissa adds on Shakesville, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Yet another inconvenient truth for the Ã¢â‚¬Å“gay parenting is unnaturalÃ¢â‚¬Â crowd.Ã¢â‚¬Â