We all know how hard it can be to lose someone you love, but to see loss and subsequent grief reflected in the animal kingdom is particularly tragic. Needless to say, this video of an emperor penguin mourning the loss of her chick really tugs at our heartstrings. We wish we could give her a hug like her "female companion" does.
This clip is from the upcoming BBC series "Penguins - Spy in the Huddle." For nearly a year, John Downer Productions filmed these extraordinary animals by deploying 50 spycams into colonies of emperor penguins in Antarctica, rockhopper penguins on the Falkland Islands and Humboldt penguins in the Atacama Desert of Peru. John Downer Productions called this short video "the most emotional clip we've ever filmed" on their Facebook page.
It's set to air on BBC on February 11, and is available to download in the U.S. on iTunes.