By our reporter
Twitter was heartbroken after a clip showing a male penguin fighting –and losing- for his ‘love’ went viral at the weekend.
The clip was posted on Twitter by Nat Geo and has more than 240,000 retweets and 295,000 likes.
In the clip, the male penguin returns to his nest to find that the his ‘wife’ and mother of his children (female penguin) was cohabiting with another male penguin.
A fight ensues and quickly turns bloody as eyes are gouged out.
A narrator for the Nat Geo, who has been blasted as cold, explains the events in the two-minute, 57-second-long clip: “Every September, 200,000 penguins come here to fix up their nests and breed. Life here is good, but this husband has come home to find his ‘wife’ with another penguin. He flips out; his strategy is simple, batter the homewrecker until he flees. Most birds have hollow bones in their wings to make them lighter for flight, but penguins don’t fly, their wings contain solid bone. They use them like baseball bats to club each other, delivering up to eight blows per second. Thick blubber helps protect vital organs from the pummelling.”