Emperor penguins in Antarctica take unintentional ‘selfie’
People got a bird’s eye view recently when two emperor penguins in Antarctica inadvertently took a “selfie” with a camera left on the ice.
The penguins, known as the largest of the flightless black and white birds, were captured on video when two of the curious birds walked up to a stationary camera knocking it over.
They then peer down at it, making noise, with one getting even closer to investigate.
Australian Antarctic expeditioner, Eddie Gault, had left the camera on the ice while visiting the Auster Rookery found near Australia’s Mawson research station.
“It didn’t take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie,” the Australian Antarctic Division said in a Facebook post.
Thousands of breeding penguins live at the Auster Rookery and, according to The Telegraph, it is one of 40 such colonies on Antarctica.
Australia’s Antarctic Division is in charge of the country’s strategic, scientific, environmental and economic interests in the Antarctic by protecting, administering and researching the region.
Emperor penguins can weigh up to 88 pounds and typically stand at 45 inches. Their average lifespan in the wild is 15 to 20 years, according to National Geographic.
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