Photographer captures a couple of widowed penguins enjoying the Melbourne skyline together

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Tobias Baumgaertner, a wildlife photographer, managed to capture a tender moment between two widowed penguins who consoled each other while looking at the lights of the distant city.

The photograph was taken in the coastal suburb of St Kilda in Melbourne, Australia, in 2019, but it was not until a few days ago that the image hit the internet, causing tenderness and reminding us of the beauty of nature.

Their embrace makes the internet fall in love

The photograph of the penguins hugging and looking at the horizon is beautiful on its own, but the story behind it is wonderful, a reflection between life, love, and support.

At times like this, the truly fortunate are those who can be with the person/people they love the most. I captured this moment about a year ago. These two penguins perched on a rock overlooking the Melbourne skyline. They stood there for hours, hovering, watching the bright lights of the horizon and the 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 spent three full nights with this penguin colony until I was able to get this picture, it was very difficult to shoot, but I was lucky in a beautiful moment. I hope you enjoy this moment as much as I do.

—Tobias Baumgaertner, wildlife photographer

A cry of love

Tobias’s portraits are capable of transmitting emotions, perhaps because of their colors, landscapes, or the fortune of finding the perfect moment.

Pain has brought them together. I guess sometimes you find love when you least expect it.

Broken hearts understood perfectly

Diverse users connected with the emotions reflected by the penguins, who verify that when they lose a loved one, they are not forgotten or removed from the heart despite the time, they only learn to cope with their absence, in silence and with the help of others.