中英對照讀新聞》Sydney’s same-sex penguins become parents 雪梨同志企鵝當爸媽
Two male penguins entrusted with the care of a fostered egg have welcomed a tiny sub-Antarctic Gentoo chick into the world, Sydney’s Sea Life Aquarium said on Friday.
The pair, Magic and Sphen, made headlines around the world this month when aquarium staff gave them the egg, following a successful trial with a dummy egg.
The yet-to-be-named chick, weighing 91 gm, was born on the evening of Oct. 19 and is the first sub-Antarctic penguin born at the aquarium.
The couple, who formed a bond before the 2018 breeding season, doted on the adopted chick, said Tish Hannan, an aquarium official.
“The first 20 days of a penguin chick’s life are the most vulnerable, so it is extra-important the chick is very happy, healthy and well fed by his parents,” she added.
Magic and Sphen had placed the egg on small nesting rings built with pebbles and shared duties, with one patrolling for possible threats, while the other kept the egg warm.
There is little difference between opposite-sex and same-sex rearing among Gentoo penguins, which share parenting and feeding responsibilities equally, Hannan said prior to the birth, adding that the example was not the first among zoos across the world. （Reuters）
entrust：動詞，指委託、交付。例句：I entrusted the task to him.（我把這項任務託付給他。）
dummy：名詞，指仿製品、沉默寡言的人、笨蛋、傀儡；動詞，指製作樣本、緘口、裝聾作啞、替別人佔地盤；形容詞，指假的、擺樣子的、做樣品的、掛名的、虛設的。例句：They did a dummy run.（他們進行了一場演習。）
dote on：片語動詞，指寵溺；dote為動詞，指開始腐敗、衰老。例句：He began to dote right after the accident.（那起事故後，他開始衰老。）