Who Would Have Thought That A Penguin Would Find A Human So Interesting? Well, This One Did!

Penguins are amazing creatures and not just because they are birds who cannot fly (they don’t even have proper wings anymore). I mean, a penguin just looks so awkward when it waddles around on an icy patch of what to us looks like frozen wasteland somewhere down in the Antarctic. Yet, in the water, they turn into the most agile, accomplished swimmers you can imagine. It is just hard to reconcile these two opposites.

One thing, however, has never been in doubt: penguins are simply as adorable as anything can get. Well, it now turns out that these flightless birds are much more than that — they seem to love us. Just take a look at how excited this beautiful bird below is to see this hopelessly unseasonably dressed human who’s come to visit. Come to think of it, it seems quite plausible to me that the bird is simply taking pity on this thoughtless human. But it is a heartwarming reception!

1. Not used to seeing humans hanging around its home in Neko Harbor, Antarctica, this playful penguin comes to inspect what’s going on.

Who Would Have Thought That A Penguin Would Find A Human So Interesting? Well, This One Did!

Source: The Daily Mail.

2. Oli Wheeldon, a young Antarctic explorer, could not believe his luck when this penguin kept approaching.

Who Would Have Thought That A Penguin Would Find A Human So Interesting? Well, This One Did!

Source: The Daily Mail.

3. Who are you? The penguin gets a good look at the ‘thing’ that has come into his neighborhood.

Who Would Have Thought That A Penguin Would Find A Human So Interesting? Well, This One Did!

Source: The Daily Mail.

4. And then he decides to get even closer…

Who Would Have Thought That A Penguin Would Find A Human So Interesting? Well, This One Did!

Source: The Daily Mail.

5. The Gentoo penguin has many predators in the water — such as sea lions, leopard seals and orcas — but doesn’t seem to be fearful of humans.

Who Would Have Thought That A Penguin Would Find A Human So Interesting? Well, This One Did!

Source: The Daily Mail.

6. Humans are not allowed to go within 5 meters of penguins when visiting Antarctica. But penguins can go within whatever they want of humans.

Who Would Have Thought That A Penguin Would Find A Human So Interesting? Well, This One Did!

Source: The Daily Mail.

7. Oli Wheeldon, 18, of Oxford, has been obsessed with Antarctica since he was a child and has spent the past few years working to understand and help conserve it.

Who Would Have Thought That A Penguin Would Find A Human So Interesting? Well, This One Did!

Source: The Daily Mail.

8. An example of a painting done by Oli Wheeldon, using coal, oil and petrol.

Who Would Have Thought That A Penguin Would Find A Human So Interesting? Well, This One Did!

Source: The Daily Mail.

Share these amazing shots of a curious penguin out to greet a weirdly dressed human with your friends below — they may even be able to explain to you why Wheeldon is dressed quite so un-South-Pole-like.