Carlos and Fernando, a pair of gay flamingos have adopted an abandoned chick. Zoo staff say they have been desperate to start a family, even chasing other flamingos from their nests to steal their eggs at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge near Bristol.
And so they were chosen as adoptive parents for an unhatched egg when a nest was abandoned. The males have the ability to feed chicks by producing milk in their throats.
The couple has been together for six years and WWT spokeswoman, Jane Waghorn, says "Gay flamingos are not uncommon. If there aren't enough females or they don't hit it off with them, they will pair off with other males."