Since first coupling up in 2018, penguins Sphen and Magic have welcomed two children and even moved house.
Sphen and Magic have officially spent three years together as a couple at the Sea Life aquarium in Sydney, Australia. They have two children and have just built their second home, proving that true love does indeed exist. On this happy occasion, fans of the penguin "power couple" have expressed their congratulations, taking to social media to share anniversary wishes. In addition to being incredible fathers, Sphen and Magic have inspired hundreds of folks across the globe, giving us all something to believe in during the darkest of times, Pink News reports.
Today devoted gay penguin couple Sphen and Magic have been together for 3 years. They’ve been loving foster parents to 2 chicks & bonded instantly by presenting eachother with pebbles and singing together— Emma Mitchell 💙 (@silverpebble) January 11, 2022
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The penguin couple's love story began in the year 2018 when Sphen indicated his love for Magic by giving him a "special stone." The couple became so close that they attempted to incubate a rock. When keepers at Sea Life noticed their behavior, they decided to give them a real egg that a straight penguin couple was struggling to take care of. Taking turns to incubate the egg for 68 days straight, Sphen and Magic were natural fathers. Following the two-month period, the egg finally hatched. Their first child Lara, nicknamed Sphengic, was born the same year the two penguins had become a formidable couple.
The penguins welcomed their second child in November 2020, in the midst of the pandemic. They hatched their second egg, welcoming a chick named Clancy into their lives. As per penguin keeper Keira Ponting, the fathers are now entering their third breeding season together and have even moved house. "They’re still going strong this year, celebrating their third anniversary," she shared in an update on the penguin power couple. "They have moved house and they are in a brand new nest location, and are still one of our strongest couples in the exhibit. They are a great example to the rest of the colony. They’re inseparable and proving just how strong penguin bonds can be. We’ve noticed many of the newer penguin couples setting up their nests close to Sphen and Magic, which we think is them trying to learn from the best."
A gay penguin couple has celebrated their third anniversary at Sydney’s SEA LIFE Aquarium. In November 2021 Sphen and Magic celebrated three years together with a frozen fish cake with their neighbours. https://t.co/MeV3AvuxO1— Star Observer (@star_observer) January 9, 2022
Sphen and Magic rose to global fame when they were featured on the acclaimed Netflix show "Atypical." In the show's third season, Sam, the show’s penguin-loving main character who has autism, informs his sister Casey that he would be fine with her dating a girl because she would "be like Sphen and Magic, the two male gentoo penguins at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium." The character continues, "They courted each other and built a nest. When a negligent heterosexual penguin pair left their egg exposed to the elements the aquarium staff gave it to Sphen and Magic. They have a baby now. Its name is Sphengic. I think they could have done better with the name." A lot has changed since this episode first launched, except for one thing: Sphen and Magic are as in love with each other as ever.