A gay penguin couple in Spain could be set to have a baby after they were given their own egg to look after.
''We wanted them to have something to stay together for - so we got an egg. Otherwise they might have become depressed.''
Inca and Rayas, who live in a zoo in Madrid, have been buildings nests in the hope of starting a family and their preparations have finally been rewarded with an egg of their own to bring up.
Inca has taken on the mother figure role by incubating the egg and Rayas has been eating a lot ahead of his father figure responsibilities, which include feeding the couple's little one by regurgitating food into the baby's mouth.
Yolanda Martin, who looks after the penguins at Spain's Faunia Park, told the Daily Telegraph: ''We wanted them to have something to stay together for - so we got an egg. Otherwise they might have become depressed.''