The Story Behind These Two Widowed Penguins Gazing At The Skyline Will Melt Your Heart

If you're lucky enough to be with the person you love right now, this will make you hug them tighter.

During times of uncertainty, it can be helpful to turn to the natural world for comfort and inspiration. While many of us humans around the globe attempt to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, images and stories of animals are sometimes our best bet for finding joy amidst the confusion and fear of the current health crisis.

This is why a photo of two snuggly Australian penguins gazing at Melbourne’s city skyline has been resonating with people online — despite having been snapped a year ago. In 2019, photographer Tobias Baumgaertner captured on film a moment of affection between two penguins. The photos show the penguins, one male and one female, cuddling next to each other and gazing at the glittery evening skyline of Melbourne, Australia.

Baumgaertner simply thought it was a great shot, but the sweet story that accompanies the moment adds another layer of poignancy. On March 25, Baumgaertner posted the photo on Instagram, and wrote about the penguins’ beautiful love story in the caption.

“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,” the photographer wrote.