This touching photo has already collected feedback from users around the world. And his poignant story is an allegory of longing for a lost love. A little more details about this pair of small Australian penguins.
It took German photographer Tobias Baumgertner several days to “catch” a good shot. He was told about a pair of orphaned penguins by volunteers who oversee the animal settlement. A lighter, older female lost her partner about a year ago. The dark penguin is her companion in misfortune, a young male.
His girlfriend also died. Animal rights activists have drawn attention to the fact that widow penguins regularly meet at Melbourne’s St Kilda Pier and spend hours in a row touchingly comforting each other.
Animals do not just stay nearby, they show care in every possible way, clean their feathers and hug them with their wings. According to the volunteers, they spend hours embracing watching the lights of the city.
Blue penguins are called small penguins for a reason. Their height is only about 33 centimeters. Animals choose a couple for themselves, as a rule, for life. The researchers noted that even after the death of a partner, penguins remain faithful to him for a long time.
The photo was highly appreciated in the professional community. Oceanographic magazine honored Baumgertner with the Ocean Photograph Award