SEA LIFE London Aqaurium's Charlotte Barcas with its first gender neutral Gentoo chick_4

The same-sex penguin couple who adopted a penguin chick are raising it gender-neutral.
The adopted Gentoo chick will become Sea Life London Aquarium’s first penguin not to have its gender assigned, according to an official release sent to Insider.
Rocky and Marama became parents after proving to staff that “they were ready to adopt an egg of their own and would make fantastic parents,” the aquarium said.
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The same-sex penguin couple who adopted a penguin chick earlier this year are raising it gender-neutral.

Female penguins Rocky and Marama made headlines following the hatching of their adoptive chick egg at Sea Life London Aquarium in July.

Read more: A same-sex penguin couple at a London aquarium become mothers for the first time after adopting a chick

Now, the adopted Gentoo chick will become the aquarium’s first penguin not to be characterized as male or female, according to an official release sent to Insider.

New-born penguins are usually given a gender-based name, but expert aquarists decided on this occasion they would let the chick grow and develop into a mature adult genderless, as this is what would happen naturally in the wild.

The now four-month old chick, which has not yet been named, has been tagged with its own purple band so it can be identified for health and welfare purposes.

Rocky and Marama became parents after proving to staff that “they were ready to adopt an egg of their own and would make fantastic parents,” the aquarium said.

The egg was one of two born to its birth mother, so the couple were also relieving her of the pressure of raising two chicks at once.

“Marama and Rocky have taken to becoming parents like ducks to water, or should I say penguins,” Sea Life London general manager Graham McGrath previously said in …read more

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