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The Albatross With Two Mommies

Written by PETA | February 9, 2010

Poet Charles Baudelaire called the albatross “one of those big birds / which nonchalantly chaperone a ship / across the bitter fathoms of the sea,” and Samuel Coleridge deemed the animal “a bird of good omen.” (OK, no more 19th-century poetry references—I promise!) I wonder if those guys would be impressed to know that two female royal albatrosses in New Zealand have bonded as a mating pair and are caring for a chick together after the father disappeared. / CC


Wildlife experts are definitely intrigued. Though lesbian albatrosses have also appeared in Hawaii, no one has ever seen a pair who successfully raised a baby together. We’re loving this same-sex pair, and Tourism Dunedin is brainstorming a name for the chick with two mommies. I’m thinking Ellen or Portia. Do you have any suggestions?

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Chloe says:

    I’m also excited that there was a 100 hatch rate for the chicks at this Albatross colony. So great to see them all doing well and that with two mums this chick will be well loved!

  • ocean17 says:

    i am speechless just leave those poor birds alone.

  • Laurin says:

    Anabelle hope or faith.

  • Andre Inglis says:

    They both wanted to take care of the baby and they love each other. Many animals have exhibited the same behaviours. It’s great to hear how unconditional love can be.

  • Rad_Rosa89 says:

    Being a supporter of equal rights to animals and humans everywhere this really touches my heart. Being myself a lesbian too this is just another beautiful story that explains that not only can animals develope loving relationships but even same sex animal couples can raise young like humans. we are all the same.

  • Cat! =^-^= says:

    What an inspiring story! All the more testament that both animals and same sex couples show just as much commitment as human heterosexual couples!