BY ANASTASIA ARELLANO
Let’s take a break from the current pandemic to focus on a story that is guaranteed to get you smiling. The best part? It features penguins.
Penguins are funny little birds that don’t fly. Instead, they just kind of awkwardly waddle around on land, but you put them in water and you’ve got yourself quite the underwater spectacle. However, earlier this week, a pair of widowed female penguins became famous after what is arguably the cutest picture of penguins ever began to trend online.
The photos of the two penguins are actually older photos that were captured in 2019 by Australian photographer Tobias Baumgaertner. However, the recent pandemic has seen old favorites on social media make resurgences as more people are stuck indoors and online.
Baumgaertner uploaded the pictures of the penguins to his Instagram account, writing, “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.”
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. I spend 3 full nights with this penguin colony until I was able to get this picture. [sic]”
Baumgaertner concluded, “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. [sic]”
The current COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed a lot of things about our world. There has been a thought-provoking shift, particularly in how we view the effects we’ve had on the natural world. Hopefully, when this nightmare is all over, we’ll emerge from it a more kind group of humans.