Fans around the world have been glued to the love story of Grape-kun (a real Humboldt penguin) and Hululu (a Kemono Friends character based on the Humboldt penguin).
Image via Twitter
To recap, the Tobu Zoo collaborated with Kemono Friends for a two-month event to increase zoo attendance. Each animal exhibit had cutouts and window decals based on their respective Kemono Friends character. The collaboration was a success in drawing new visitors, but fans were enthralled with Grape-kun.
Grape-kun is a 20-year-old male Humboldt penguin who showed signs of love towards a cutout of Hululu. Zoo keepers and visitors noticed that Grape-kun would ignore his flock to spend time with Hululu for hours. Many visitors, including Hululu’s voice actress, feared for Grape-kun’s mental health once the Kemono Friends collaboration ended.
Well, zoo keepers were removing all of the Kemono Friends materials from the Tobu Zoo, but a Japanese Twitter user noticed something odd…Grape-kun’s exhibit still had the Hululu cutout!
— 岸田シロ＠アザラシのフレンズ (@kishida46) June 25, 2017
According to the user, the zoo keepers decided to keep the Hululu cutout indefinitely as a way to keep Grape-kun happy.
This doesn’t mean Grape-kun’s waifu will get replaced after natural degradation or weather damage, but it’s nice to know that Grape-kun and Hululu will be together for a little while longer.