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A Pair Of Gay Vultures Adopted An Egg Abandoned By Its Mother

Today in heartwarming animal news, two vultures in a German zoo save the day.

BY DIANA BRUK | Apr 29, 2016 | Culture

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Isis and Nordhorn, two vultures at the Tierpark Nordhorn Zoo in Germany, will soon (maybe) be proud parents to a lil' baby vulture featherball. Isis and Hordhorn are a gay couple, though, in what German newspaper Der Speigel calls a "committed relationship," and they've adopted the egg after it was abandoned by its mother.  

According to German news agency DPA, the egg was found on the ground in the vultures' enclosure after being dropped there by its mother, Lisa, who was just like 'nah no thanks' to the prospect of motherhood. "Lisa had made no attempt to build a nest," Nordhorn zoo spokeswoman Ina Deiting said. After leaving the egg in an incubator for a while, zookeepers decided to give it to Isis and Nordhorn, who'd already built a tastefully-decorated nest. One of the couple immediately sat on it—which is a good thing, because it keeps the egg warm.

Listen, parenting isn't for everyone, so we respect the fact that Lisa might have wanted to spread her wings. The good news is that this little egg has found itself a happy home! That said, the bad news is that it might not actually be fertilised, so Isis and Nordhorn's nesting might be for nothing. 

From: Cosmopolitan