Your Daily Aww : Inca & Raya

Hiya Poutlings!

Since it’s Friday and I’ve been on a very serious blogging mission this week, time for missfitz to lighten the eff up!

Let me tell you a beautiful love story! Grab the tissues – you may need them!!

Inca and Rayas are a pair of Gentoo penguins who have been in a comitted relationship since they first met at a Madrid zoo six years ago.

With their flamboyant red/orange beaks, white feather caps, and peach-colored feet, gentoo penguins stand out against the natural drab, rock-strewn Antarctic habitat.

Every spring since then, they’ve built a nest together in the apparent hopes that they could hatch and raise a baby penguin, but every year the nest has sat empty and year after year they have been forced to watch from the sidelines as other mating couples doted on their new additions.


As they are both male, one can understand that they may be having problems in having a baby penguin together. So the zookeepers needed to find a home for an egg this year and they decided to give desperate dads Inca and Rayas their shot at fatherhood.

Their zookeeper, Yolanda Martin has reported:

“We wanted them to have something to stay together for – so we got an egg. Otherwise they might have become depressed”

Inca is carrying out the traditional ‘female’ duty of keeping the egg warm by sitting on it and partner Rayas is standing guard over the nest, gobbling down fish to regurgitated at a later date to feed the new hungry mouth.

The imminent arrival of the baby penguin next month, has according to the keepers put Raya a little on edge, but it also seems to have the desired effect of keeping the love alive between the penguins.

Now, if all goes well their little one should make an appearance by the end of June.

Now, who wants to chip in for a baby shower gift?



Filed under Daily Banter, Girly Stuff, Relationships

4 responses to “Your Daily Aww : Inca & Raya

  1. What a beautiful story πŸ™‚

  2. stacyblaise

    So cute…I would love to see a picture of the baby.

    Miss Blaise

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  4. Amino

    Thats really sweet!!! But the “duty of keeping the egg warm by sitting on it” its a male duty (and protect it from the lower tempertures and strong wind of the pole), while the female goes in the sea looking for fish….So technically Inca is performing the male role…

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