Gay Male Vulture Couple Become Proud Parents at Amsterdam Zoo
While everyone was distracted by Kathy Griffin and her failed anti-Trump performance art you all might have missed some REAL news.
A Dutch zoo says two male vultures (No, not Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass the former GOP gay loving former owners of the OUT hotel in NYC) in a long-standing relationship have become parents after successfully hatching an egg.
Staff gave the gay griffon vultures an abandoned egg, which they cared for in their nest for two months.
Zoo keeper Job van Tol said the two fathers are “a very tight couple” and are doing the job perfectly.
“We have had them for some years. They always build a nest together, bond and mate together.”
“But, as two males, the one thing they could not do was lay an egg.”
So when staff discovered a lone egg that none of the other vultures would adopt, they first cared for it in an incubator, and then decided to place in the male couple’s nest.
“It was a bit of risk as we had no guarantees of success, but we thought, finally, this is their chance,” said Mr Van Tol.
Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo said the new parents are very protective of their fast-growing chick, which is now 20 days old, and they have been breaking up its food to make it manageable to eat.
“As in some penguin species, vultures do everything the same, they alternate all the jobs. Females lay the eggs, but they breed together, they forage for food together. Males are programmed to have that duty of care,” said Mr Van Tol.