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Two Widowed Penguins “Comfort Each Other” in Heartwarming Images Taken by Photographer




  • Wildlife photographer Tobias Baumgaertner has shared photos of two penguins, watching the city lights over Melbourne, Australia.
  • According to the photographer, a volunteer informed him that the animals are both widowed and they often meet to “comfort” each other.
  • Thousands of netizens on social media have been touched by the beautiful photos and the heartwarming story behind them.

A picture, as they say, paints a thousand words – and this set truly tells an interesting story. Captured by a wildlife photographer, these photos went viral on social media after netizens felt touched by the closeness of two penguins who, apparently, are both widowed.

Tobias Baumgaertner recently posted these heartwarming pictures on his Instagram page and it has since gained a lot of attention online. According to Tobias, he spotted the two penguins watching the lights in the suburbs of St Kilda in Melbourne, Australia last year.

In his Instagram caption, Tobias said:

“During times like this, the truly lucky ones are those that can be with the person/people they love most… 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.”

“Pain has brought them together,” wrote the photographer.

Tobias said that a volunteer told him that both of the penguins have previously lost their partners and so now they “meet regularly comforting each other and standing together for hours watching the dancing lights of the nearby city.”

Numerous netiens have since expressed appreciation for Tobias’ snapshots, with many calling them as “absolutely adorable.” Others even commented that the images – and the lovely backstory- made them cry.

Watch the short video below:
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– Happy World Penguin Day – Here is a short video of the two penguins which have recently touched so many hearts around the world. While standing on the rock and facing the Melbourne skyline, they are surrounded by the calls of hundreds of other little fairy penguins. May these two bring even more love into your lives! I am a dreamer,… I believe that it is important to have dreams as they make life worth living and give love meaning. I previously shared these penguin images to spread love because that, I believed, is what the world needed most right now. It was never intended to be scientifically accurate as it was quite obviously romanticized by adding my personal feelings of being separated from and longing for the one I can’t live without. I wrote these words from the bottom of my heart and never expected so many people to connect with them. Like with anything else in life too much of one thing has the potential to become dangerous and while we don’t know what goes on in these little penguins I’ve been advised by the scientific community that anthropomorphizing animals can have a negative influence on them as it “can… lead to inappropriate behaviors towards wild animals”. This is especially the case for animals living in such close proximity to the city as they are already dealing with various challenges. I have further been adviced that these two could be related, …the exact relation of these two is at this point probably hard to figure out but i am happy to hear that if they are not friends then they might at least be family. Either way I believe that this was a truly beautiful and magical moment that spread so much love around the world. I also believe that humans protect what they can connect with and it acts as a reminder that we share this beautiful world with many other beings which come in various shapes and sizes, degrees of fluffiness and colors as well as with specific needs crucial for their survival. It presents us with just one of many reasons why we should protect the ones with no voice to stand up for themselves and most importantly it has shown us that if we care and come together we could change the world… CONTINUE IN COMMENTS…

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For those interested to follow Tobias Baumgaertner’s photography, you can go check out his works over at Instagram.

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