The tender moment was captured by a wildlife photographer in Melbourne, Australia.
Though the photograph was taken back in 2019, wildlife photographer Tobia Baumgaertner's sweet snap recently went viral after it was shared on Twitter. And it's probably the sweetest, most heartbreaking photo we've seen.
Two widowed penguins are seen comforting one another as they look out at the nighttime skyline. View the photo below:
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 pic.twitter.com/gGgPVcOn9G— matt (@dogfather) April 19, 2020
Baumgaertner shared the photo on his Instagram just last month, saying, "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."
He then explains that the two penguins had both lost their respective partners and were watching the "dancing light" of the skyline together.
"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," he added. "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."
It took Baumgaetrner three full nights to get the shot. But, we'd have to say that it was worth it!
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