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Monday, May 21, 2007

Pink Flamingos

posted by on May 21 at 11:56 AM

Gay sex occurs in nature—and so do gay parents.

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.

Carlos and Fernando waited four years longer than my boyfriend and I did before adopting. Oh, and file this detail as Not Safe Just Before Lunch (NSJBL):

The couple can feed chicks by producing milk in their throats.

Uh… gee. Making milk with their throats, huh? That’s talent.

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1

I now have Fernando by ABBA stuck in my head and therefore will have to watch Muriel's Wedding when I get home.

Posted by monkey | May 21, 2007 12:10 PM
2

Weren't there some gay penguin parents in the news a little while ago?

Posted by Quinn | May 21, 2007 12:38 PM
3

gay parents are so 2006.

intersexed parents are 2007.

Posted by maxsolomon | May 21, 2007 12:41 PM
4

Do any gay couples chase hetero parents out of the hospital for their baby? That would be funny.

I'd do it if I didn't hate kids.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 21, 2007 12:45 PM
5

You guys, I am not kidding about this -- we have two male parakeets named Carlos and Fernando. Well, Carlos died recently, and now we have Alfred and Fernando, but still -- Carlos and Fernando were a couple for many years. I'll bet they would have adopted too. I wonder if every city in the United States has a gay male bird couple with this name.

Posted by Carlos & Fernando's Daddy | May 21, 2007 12:54 PM
6

Ha! That's awesome.

RIP Carlos

Posted by sniggles | May 21, 2007 1:30 PM
7

Still time to see "Against Nature", the exhibition about gay animals, at the Natural History Museum in Oslo:

http://www.nhm.uio.no/againstnature/index.html

Posted by bma | May 21, 2007 6:33 PM
8

They would be flamingos. Is there a gayer bird to be found in the world?

Posted by Bento | May 21, 2007 10:01 PM
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UhÖ gee. Making milk with their throats, huh? Thatís talent.

Certainly is, especially for non-mammals, unless they've been reclassified and nobody told me. Hey, if the Catholic church can declare aquatic mammals to be fish ( http://www.jimmyakin.org/2005/02/rous_rodents_of.html ) who am I to argue :-)

Posted by Boz | May 22, 2007 3:49 AM
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@8: Yeah ... "flaming" is even right in the name.

Posted by Gloria | May 22, 2007 4:58 AM

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