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Two male pen­guins in Syd­ney have de­vel­oped an in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship and been given a fos­ter egg to raise af­ter aquar­ium staff ob­served the cou­ple build­ing a nest and con­cluded they would make “amaz­ing par­ents.” The two, named Magic and Sphen, formed a bond be­fore this year’s breed­ing sea­son at the Sea Life Syd­ney Aquar­ium. The pair of gen­too pen­guins were of­ten seen bow­ing at each other and Sphen re­port­edly gave Magic a stone — tan­ta­mount to a pro­posal. Tish Hannan, the aquar­ium’s pen­guin su­per­vi­sor, said: “We’d go over there and Magic and Sphen would be bow­ing to each other, which is a gen­too way of say­ing they love each other.” When staff re­al­ized the pair were pre­par­ing a real nest, they gave them a fake egg to prac­tise their par­ent­ing skills.

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