Everyone loves a penguin, don’t they?

There’s rarely a person who doesn’t smile when they see a little penguin waddling about, getting about his daily life.

You go to a zoo and the first thing you do is rush to the penguins – no questions asked.

Although, is it just me who spends half their time looking at the circling birds trying to get a spare fish rather than looking at the penguins?

Anyway, these days penguins are many people’s favourites animals, and this might just be the most heartwarming story featuring said animal I’ve ever read.

Tobias Baumgaertner is a photographer from Australia, and he captured the beautiful moment two widowed penguins comforted each other in 2019.

I’m not sure why it’s coming to light now but we could all do with a bit of something like this.

Alongside the picture, he wrote:

‘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 apparently 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 spend 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.

Love is the only game in which we win even when we lose.

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 in 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.’

I’m not crying you are.

It comes after Shedd Aquarium in Chicago had to close its doors to the public due to the growing fears of Coronavirus, and because that, decided to let their penguins have a wander.

In a statement explaining the closure, Shedd Aquarium wrote:

While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome you to the aquarium during this time, we are closing out of an abundance of caution and to do our part in the social distancing efforts to help stop the further spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our dedicated caretakers and veterinarians will continue to provide the highest standards of professional care and welfare for our animals on site.

The raise global moral, Shedd Aquarium took to Twitter to share footage of their rockhopper penguins waddling about and it’s pretty fantastic stuff.

Along with the video, they wrote:

Penguins in the Amazon?! 🐧🌴

Some of the penguins went on a field trip to meet other animals at Shedd. Wellington seemed most interested in the fishes in Amazon Rising! The black-barred silver dollars also seemed interested in their unusual visitor.

If you’re worried that the animals aren’t receiving the necessary care in these times of people working from home and even layoffs, Shedd Aquarium reassured people, saying:

This may be a strange time for us, these days feel normal for animals at Shedd.

Our caregivers are constantly providing new experiences for the animals to explore and express their natural behaviours with.

Just lovely stuff all round.

Images via Instagram