A Couple Of Widowed Penguins Watching The Melbourne Skyline Together

The pandemic season opened the path for people to reevaluate their lives and the people around them. People started realizing the worth of having more human comfort and wholesome social relationships with the rules implemented on social distancing. However, it seems as if humans aren't the one and only animals that seek comfort in each other's arms when there's something heartbreaking.

An emotional incident to prove the above statement was photographed by the photographer Tobias Baumgaertner at St Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in 2019. This is the image that was shot and shared on Instagram.

Tobias Baumgaertner

Tobias Baumgaertner

This is quite an emotional picture of a couple of widowed penguins watching the night sky of Melbourne relaxing one's arm to the other.

This is what the original photographer wrote as the description of his Instagram post: “During times like this, the truly lucky ones are those that can be with the person/people they love most. I captured this moment about a year ago. These two Fairy penguins poised upon a rock overlooking the Melbourne skyline were standing there for hours, flipper in flipper, watching the sparkling lights of the skyline and ocean. A volunteer approached me and told me that the white one was an elderly lady who had lost her partner and so did the younger male to the left. Since then they meet regularly comforting each other and standing together for hours watching the dancing lights of the nearby city. I spent 3 full nights with this penguin colony until I was able to get this picture. Between not being able or allowed to use any lights and the tiny penguins continuously moving, rubbing their flippers on each other’s backs, and cleaning one another, it was really hard to get a shot but I got lucky during one beautiful moment. I hope you enjoy this moment as much as I did.”

He added: “The way that these two lovebirds were caring for one another stood out from the entire colony. While all the other penguins were sleeping or running around, those two seemed to just stand there and enjoy every second they had together, holding each other by their flippers and talking about penguin stuff.

Pain has brought them together; I guess sometimes you find love when you least expect it. It’s a privilege to truly love someone, paradisiacal when they love you back.”

This unexpected scenery provoked the emotions of people and this is how they reacted.

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