Oh look, these penguins are celebrating Valentine’s Day better than we ever have. Rather than exchanging cheap chocolate or pretending that the poem our boyfriend wrote is actually really good, really, penguins living at San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences mark the occasion by collecting red felt hearts the biologists have made just for them.
Those felt hearts are then used as nesting material, either left as they are or torn to pieces. The penguins then snooze on said nesting material, in the ultimate rebellion against the commercialism of V Day.
The hearts aren’t just important for comfortable sleeping. Having an attractive nest is a key part of attracting a mate (think of how put off you’d be if the guy you were dating didn’t have a bed, but just a pile of rocks. Same thing for penguins, basically), so the hearts they collect will help the penguins find love. Aww. Read more