More info: Tobias Baumgaertner

The novel coronavirus outbreak has created an atmosphere of uncertainty and panic all over the world. After all it’s always somehow easier to appreciate things when they are suddenly taken away from you, even if it’s temporary, rather than appreciate them while you still have them. Therefore, it’s no surprise most of us seek human comfort now more than ever before and are finding ways to have wholesome social experiences even while following the rules of social distancing.

But it seems that not only humans are seeking comfort in each other’s arms during hard times. However, in these times, people have been trying to spread cheer and one such post has made the internet crying happy tears.

Matt, a Twitter user, on April 19 shared a screenshot of pictures clicked by a photographer named Tobias Baumgaertner.

The picture features an once-in-a-lifetime shot of two widowed penguins hugging and comforting each other while gazing out at the Melbourne skyline.

The Twitter user captioned the images, “Couldn’t stop thinking about these penguins enjoying the Melbourne skyline together. So I found the original photographer and apparently they’re both widowed. I can’t handle it.”

On his Instagram, the photographer Tobias Baumgaertner explained that the two fairy penguins were standing on the rock for hours and comforting each other. He clicked the pictures about a year ago but shared them once again so that people could enjoy the heartwarming moment during such times.

According to him, it was a volunteer who revealed that the white penguin was an “elderly lady” who lost her partner and the one to the left was a “younger male”, who lost its partner too.

He also explained how difficult it was to click the tiny penguins but to him, it was worth it as “love always wins.”

He added further “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 and 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. #lovewillalwayswin.” (sic)

Apparently, volunteers told Tobias, the penguins formed this friendship after losing their partners and they now meet regularly to comfort each other. Tobias spent three nights trying to capture their magical friendship back in 2019.

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,” the photographer also said. Isn’t this just heartwarming? What a wonderful world!!!


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