Everyone has heard about two human gay dads raising a kid together, but let’s talk about how beautiful and wholesome the story of this newborn chick is; she is being raised by Flamingo dads after she was left on her own to survive by her parents. Love has no limits and the duo is living proof of that.
Hudson and Blaze
When zookeepers found the egg abandoned, they decided to keep it in an incubator to ensure it survived and could be welcomed to the world. But, after observing Hudson and Blaze, the two gay flamingos, taking care of their shared nest, it was decided that these two were the ideal parents for the baby. Everyone believed the experienced pair would take great care of the chick and give it the love it deserved. In a press release, the Whipsnade Zoo showed how beautifully the pair took care of the unhatched egg, providing it with the warmth it needed. The team leader, Tim Savage, said, “Flamingos usually work together, as a monogamous pair, to care for their eggs and subsequent chicks.” He believed that the duo was the ideal choice for the egg as they always took good care of their babies.
Skipper and Ping
In August 2019, a pair of penguins made the news for a similar story — taking care of an egg they found unattended. One of the spokespersons for the zoo, Maximilian Jäger, said that zookeepers saw the two trying to hatch fish and stones. They found an egg abandoned by the only female penguin present at the zoo. The pair took turns taking great care of the unhatched egg and keeping it safe from the other penguins. The zookeepers just had to keep the egg close to them, and Skipper and Ping started loving and taking care of the egg. Stories like these always fill our hearts with love and respect towards all creatures.
Darcey Steinke talks about her personal experiences with menopause in her book Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of Natural Life. However — before you think that it’s filled with talk only about hot flashes — you’re mistaken. While she did jot down some experiences with extreme hot flashes, she also documented how the two-year period was in other aspects along with the rules of the middle age.
Learning About the Changes Happening to Her Body
On a typical day, Darcy would have about eight to ten hot flashes, but they could also occur even be up to 20 times a day. Some everyday occurrences — like riding the NYC subway to sitting in a restaurant — would cause her to feel an immense amount of heat through her body. She would also have many sleepless nights where she would rush to the freezer to get bags of frozen veggies to calm her skin.
While they were difficult to deal with, Darcy also found them fascinating and recorded her episodes.
Discovering the New Rules of Menopause
Her book is more than just about hot flashes. It also discusses the spiritual, social, sexual, and emotional aspects of menopause. One of the rules that she mentions is that women should get used to not caring about what the world thinks.
She also mentions that even though women are likely to lose interest in their female gender as they get older by not propping it up, they shouldn’t limit themselves.
Steinke also believes that there is natural power in menopause because it brings opportunity.
Killer whales go through menopause and for them, post-menopausal life makes them more powerful as they eventually become leaders of their pods.
The rules that Darcey Steinke wanted to focus on were that menopause shouldn’t be the end for women or a vulnerable part in one’s life. Menopause comes with power and femininity — and it should be embraced.