This Story About A Penguin Falling In Love With An Anime Cutout Is An Oscar-Worthy Love StoryThe love story shaking the Humboldt penguin world.By by Keigo Isashi井指啓吾 BuzzFeed News Reporter, Japan and by Rachael KrishnaBuzzFeed News ReporterPosted on May 22, 2017, 2:46 pm A Humboldt penguin at Tobu Zoo in Miyashiro, Japan, has caused a stir on social media by apparently being in love with an anime character cutout. 東武動物公園提供 / Via Twitter: @tobuzoo7 Grape's love became known when he began staring at the image of Hululu — a character in Kemono Friends designed to look like a Humboldt penguin — that had been placed inside the penguin section. Twitter: @tobuzoo7 The figure was in the enclosure as part of a collaboration the zoo is currently doing with Kemono Friends. However, zoo staff told BuzzFeed News that Grape's love life has not been a happy one. Grape came to Tobu Zoo 10 years ago, coupled with Midori, a female who still lives in the same penguin section. Twitter: @tobuzoo7 But Midori left Grape — who now is 20 years old — for a younger penguin. Since being dumped, Grape has drifted further and further away from the group. Twitter: @yuan3587 While it is difficult to totally ~verify~ Grape's feelings for Hululu, staff at the zoo said that Grape's nesting habits suggest he is definitely a fan. Twitter: @sakaki68k "Grape has definitely started going to that spot since we installed [the cutout]," the keepers said. "He might have mistaken it for staff, but it's certain that he goes there because he's attracted to something." The penguin and the cutout's relationship was formalized this weekend, when Grape took a picture with Ikuko Chikuta, the voice actress for Hululu. 築田行子＊フルル @ckik195 トークショー来てくださった皆さん、ありがとうございました！ やまだおにいさん、グレープくん、ありがとうございました🐧✨ #東武動物公園 #けものフレンズ 07:08 AM - 20 May 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite The love story has inspired people around the world. Some have created fan art of the unlikely couple, even imagining situations where they could be together IRL. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF birdcheese.tumblr.com Truly the love story of the year. みつもと @mitsumotocs お話できるといいね Thu Apr 27 12:29:18 UTC+0000 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Clern@Deadliner @clernnn フルルとずっと一緒にいたいグレープくんその２ #けものフレンズ #東武動物公 01:55 PM - 30 Apr 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite This post was translated from Japanese. Contact Keigo Isashi at firstname.lastname@example.org.Got a confidential tip? Submit it hereRachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London. Contact Rachael Krishna at email@example.com.