In a time when the whole world is being affected due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, it is a common scene to see human beings comforting each other during their loss, but a recent photograph has emerged of animals too comforting each other and is going viral on social media.
Wildlife photographer, Tobias Baumgaertner captured the stunning shot which showed a beautiful display of affection back in 2019 when he spent three nights with a colony of little penguins, or fairy penguins, in Melbourne, Australia.
Tobias noticed a pair separating themselves from the bunch with one having its flipper draped over the other in what looked like a loving embrace. “While all the other penguins were sleeping or running around, those two seemed to just stand there and enjoy every second they had together,” he wrote.
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Pinguins Part 2. “… 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 (see PART 1). 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. 📸 @tobiasvisuals • (Even though it is very similar to the previous image I thought it’d be a pity to not share it with you guys) • • —>FOR PRINTS PLEASE SEND AN EMAIL TO email@example.com <—
Tobias did not know that both had experienced a loss which was the connecting point between the two.
“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,” he explained. “Since then they meet regularly comforting each other and standing together for hours watching the dancing lights of the nearby city.”
Tobias was so moved that he wanted to capture their bond which took days but left him with two perfect shots and two examples of how love can heal. Tobias released the photos on Instagram after the novel coronavirus was declared a global pandemic in March, he wrote: “During times like this the truly lucky ones are those that can be with the person/people they love most.”
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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. #lovewillalwayswin • 📸 @tobiasvisuals •Shot on Nikon Z6, Nikkor 50mm 1.4, ISO 8000, 50mm, f/1.4, 1/60 sec
This picture went viral in no time and has spread joy and tears to thousands as one person put it correctly, “It’s the cutest, most heartwarming thing I’ve ever seen.”
Penguins are the most adorable creatures and today they are sending all of us an important message that together we can all overcome this crisis together.