Two Widowed Penguins Enjoying Melbourne’s Skyline

Two penguins appeared to comfort each other as they gazed up at the night sky. Photographer Tobias Baumgaertner captured the photographs in St Kilda, Melbourne, in 2019, but they only became viral this weekend.

The coronavirus epidemic has caused many people to reassess their lives and those around them. After all, it’s usually easier to appreciate things when they’re gone, even if they’re only gone for a short time. So it’s no wonder that we’re seeking human comfort more than ever and discovering methods to socialize while adhering to social distancing standards. But it seems that not only humans seek solace in one other’s embraces. Two widower penguins cuddling and comforting each other while gazing at the Melbourne skyline were taken by photographer Tobias Baumgaertner. Tobias Baumgaertner recently posted this touching image of two widower penguins overlooking Melbourne’s skyline.

“Those who can be with those they love most during difficult times are genuinely blessed. I took this photo a year ago. The two Fairy penguins on a rock overlooking the Melbourne skyline stood for hours, flipper in flipper, watching the city and water sparkle. A volunteer approached me and said the white lady had lost her partner, as had the younger male to the left. They’ve been comforting each other and watching the shimmering lights of the surrounding metropolis for hours.

I spent 3 nights with this penguin colony to acquire this shot. The small penguins constantly moving, rubbing their flippers on one other’s backs, and cleaning each other made it difficult to get a shot, but I got lucky during one exquisite moment. So glad I got to share it with you,” Tobias wrote on Instagram. Volunteers told Tobias the penguins formed a bond after losing their spouses, and they now gather regularly to share their grief.

“The manner these two lovebirds treated each other was unique in the colony. While the other penguins slept or ran around, the two seemed to relish every moment together, holding hands and conversing about penguins. They met through pain; I believe you find love when you least expect it. This is a blessing when they adore you back,” remarked the photographer. In 2019, Tobias spent three nights capturing their wonderful friendship. Credit: tobiasvisuals

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