A gay penguin couple “kidnapped” a chick at Denmark’s Odense Zoo while the baby’s parents went for a swim, according to a zookeeper. The zookeeper, Sandie Hedgegard Munck, said the gay penguins wanted to be parents and likely thought the chick’s mom and dad were being neglectful, according to Denmark broadcaster DR. “The parents disappeared, and the kid was simply kidnapped,” Munck said, noting she thinks the negligence was on the part of the father in the straight penguin couple.

“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 chick,” Munck explained in Danish. “I think the female had been out to get her bath, and then it had been the male’s turn to care for the kid. He may have then left, and then the [gay] couple had thought, ‘It’s a pity, we’ll take it.'” The zoo was reportedly going to let the gay penguins keep the baby if the parents did not come looking for it but, after a day, they eventually confronted the gay couple, and the baby was returned to its biological parents.