Same-sex penguins become parents

The penguin chick born to same-sex parents at Sydney's Sea Life Aquarium

(CNN)A same-sex penguin couple just became parents at an aquarium in Sydney, Australia.

Sphen and Magic -- or Sphengic, as they are collectively known -- proved themselves natural parents when they incubated a dummy egg given to them by staff at Sydney's Sea Life Aquarium, where they live.
They were then entrusted with a real egg from another couple that laid two during this year's breeding season. Because gentoo penguins usually have only enough resources to raise one egg successfully, the "backup" chick often dies.
Sphen and Magic began developing a strong bond and became inseparable before breeding season, according to staff at the aquarium. Visitors would often spot the pair waddling around and going for swims together, which was why they were deemed to be suitable prospective parents.
    The yet-to-be-named sub-Antarctic penguin chick was born on Friday, October 19 weighing just 91 grams (3.2 ounces).
    The aquarium announced the birth on Twitter, saying: "Born Friday 19th October @ 5:46pm, weighing just 91g! Gender TBC in 2 months. Both dads are doing well and are so in love with their precious bub."
    Although males are generally heavier than females, the sexes closely resemble one another and therefore experts often need to observe penguins' behavior over a period of time to determine their gender.
    Tish Hannan, penguin department supervisor at the aquarium, said on the attraction's website: "Baby Sphengic has already stolen our hearts! We love watching the proud parents doting and taking turns caring for their baby chick."