A gay penguin couple at the Odense Zoo in Demark kidnapped a straight penguin couple’s baby, In this photo, a king penguin (C), aged 11 months, is about to develop its adult plumage at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, June 30, 2014. Reuters/ Heinz-Peter Bader

A gay penguin couple at the Odense Zoo in Demark kidnapped a straight penguin couple’s baby after noticing its biological parents were negligent in its care. The rare sight which ensued after that was caught on camera by the facility’s authorities and posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

According to Odense Zoo keeper Sandie Hedegård Munck, the baby penguin’s parents had briefly abandoned their offspring to take their daily swim when the homosexual duo saw their opportunity. Apparently, the gay couple had been longing to have a baby for a long time. Hence, when they found a kid being “neglected by” its parents, they could not resist.

“I could see that something was completely wrong. The parents disappeared and the kid was simply kidnapped. It was a pair of gay males who had snatched it and was stood with it,” Munck, who witnessed the incident told Danish broadcaster DR.

Munck added it wasn’t entirely the gay penguins’ fault as the kid was not supposed to be left alone by both the parents at any point of time.

"I think the female has been out to get her bath, and then it has been the male's turn to care for the kid. He may have left that, and that couple has thought, it's a pity, we're snapping,” Munck said.

What was even more astonishing was the less-than overwhelming reaction of the parents when they found out their baby was missing.

“I expected the parents to come and demand the kid back. But the male spankles [Sic] around the plant as though he had never had a kid, and the female seems to be a little searching,” she said.

However, the parents did come around eventually. In the video, they were seen confronting the gay penguins who had the former’s offspring nestled between their feet. As the parents start approaching the duo who had abducted their kid, the gay penguins angrily snapped at them, unwilling to part with their newly adopted baby.

Munck said if the parents of the chick had not started searching for their missing baby, the zoo authorities might have let the gay pair keep the baby. However, she added, regardless of lax attitude of the father, the biological mother of the chick was known to be possessive about her child in the past.

"I know that the female is very caring for the kid, and she is also very aggressive to us animal lovers if we get too close to the kid. So I could not imagine she would leave it, while the male is a bit more relaxed and might find it hard to go a little away,” she said.

Hence, after much coaxing, the chick was finally separated from the gay penguins and reunited with its real parents.

However, it did not mean it was a sad ending for the gay couple. They were given an unfertilized egg from another female penguin, which was successfully incubated by zoo staffers after its mother fell ill and deemed unfit to take of it.