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Curious penguins find camera, snap video selfie

Curious penguins find camera, snap video selfie

It happened in Antarctica when two emperor penguins stumbled upon a camera left in the snow by Eddie Gault, an expeditioner with the Australian Antarctic Division.

A member of the Australian Antarctic Program team, Eddie Gault, left a camera at the Auster Rookery - a penguin breeding ground - near Australia's Mawson research station on Antarctica, according to the Australian Antarctic Program.

The camera was already rolling when one of the penguins kicked it and angled it directly at its face.

The program, which shared the video Thursday, said "it didn't take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie".

The shot clearly shows a cluster of penguins shuffling past in the background, but one emperor appears to want all the glory.




Some curious emperor penguins have been candidly captured in Antarctica getting up close and personal with an expeditioner's camera.

They're also known to breed during the Antarctic winter when temperatures can drop down to -50C, with thousands coming to Auster Rookery to find a mate.

In this representational image, the emperor penguin named "Happy Feet" sits in his container aboard NIWA's research vessel Tangaroa, at Burnham Wharf in Wellington, New Zealand, Aug. 29, 2011.

The camera is rolling as the two penguins waddle over.

At the time, Slater had been visiting the Tangkoko-Batuangus Nature Reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi to shadow a troupe of macaques. But it seems like humans clicking their own photos are now passé.


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