If you thought the love lives of Gossip Girl were complicated, you haven’t seen anything yet.
The penguin inhabitants of the Kyoto Aquarium seemingly have such complex webs of romance they could give any American teen drama a run for its money – and adorably, the aquarium staff have decided to keep a flow chart in order to keep track of them.
Kyoto Aquarium has resorted to an *extremely* detailed flow chart in order to keep track of the complex lives of its penguins.
After an international politics researcher recently paid a visit to the aquarium, they snapped a picture of the flow chart and shared it on social media, with the post quickly racking up almost 40 thousand likes:
The Kyoto Aquarium has a flowchart illustrating the complicated romantic relationships and breakups between their penguins. pic.twitter.com/3QzPnAewCU
— Oliver Jia (オリバー・ジア) (@OliverJia1014) July 4, 2020
Later, they posted a high-resolution version of the flow chart for the benefit of eager Twitter users:
Found the high resolution version for anyone interested. pic.twitter.com/6CgiL0yP91
— Oliver Jia (オリバー・ジア) (@OliverJia1014) July 6, 2020
Well, once the powers of Twitter had investigated the chart, they found some rather juicy details. This included various penguins who had both a main partner, as well as friends-with-benefits arrangements with other penguins.
One standout romantic offender was a penguin who was dating someone 17 years their senior, who actually also turned out to be their great aunt. Then there is the “basically demonic” penguin who has broken six hearts and counting:
The Japanese comment says: “Basically demonic” lmao.
— 木の実旭 (@Kinomi_Asahi) July 7, 2020
Or the apparent human-penguin scenario:
We… we need to discuss this. pic.twitter.com/g4Ftw7yRJ9
— Sean of the 🅱️oreal Murphy (@SMurphy2112) July 4, 2020
Other highlights include:
I stan these gay penguin exes described as “formerly BL, now love rivals” pic.twitter.com/YEHdJHcLdI
— ☄️ (@fuchukioku) July 6, 2020
This looks like the relationship chart for a rom com manga that should’ve ended 100 chapters ago
— Pictsel (@pictsel) July 4, 2020
the type where we all know who the main couple is supposed to be but they keep having arcs with all 25 other characters and they keep adding fluff and tragic happenings making the story go so off course it’s another genre
— Moo MoKa (@moobatsumoka) July 6, 2020
This is a k drama plot pic.twitter.com/bjK3vnLvHo
— boon joon xu (@Hellotherexu) July 6, 2020