Sphen and Magic are a pair of male penguins that have decided to, yet again, become parents and foster another egg.
The gay penguin couple successfully hatched their first chick at Sydney’s Sea Life Aquarium back in 2018, and they are the parents of Spengic ever since.
When another penguin couple in the zoo were recently spotted struggling to incubate two eggs at once by the keepers, they decided to transfer one of the eggs to the doting foster parents. Sphen and Magic patiently waited for 68 days for Spengic to hatch, so supervisors at the Aquarium had no doubt that the pair will try their best to hatch the second chick safely.
Tish Hannan, the penguin supervisor, told Metro that the couple has the “neatest and largest nest in the colony”, and they’re the power couple of the colony.
Sphen and Magic became famous after they were featured on the Netflix show Atypical. They took it in turns to incubate their baby Sphengic, and they seem to be doing the same for the new egg too.
It hasn’t been yet confirmed whether the egg is fertile by the keepers, so it remains unknown whether it will hatch in the next few weeks.
Hannan added that baby Sphengic had an excellent start to life, and the parents take good care of her, so she has matured nicely.