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Penguins in Antarctica take selfies with scientist’s camera

The penguins of Antarctica are ready for their close-ups.

A camera left on the ice in Antarctica shows two emperor penguins taking a short video of themselves. The 38-second clip was posted by The Australian Antarctic Division to its social media pages on Wednesday.

“It didn’t take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie,” the group wrote.

One of its expeditioners, Eddie Gault, left the camera on the ground near a large, well-known penguin colony called the Auster Rookery, near the research station the team was visiting.

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Instead of a traditional selfie snap, the camera captured the intrigued penguins’ investigation of the manmade device. At first, a few birds are seen waddling in the distance before the lens is flipped by a penguin from a horizontal view to totally vertical. The crystal clear image seems almost computer generated as the inquisitive animals poke around.

Since it was posted, the video has been viewed over 115,000 times. Many commenters left messages of disbelief and wonder at what the camera was able to capture.

One commenter noticed a similarity from her own life.

“Dad on FaceTime,” she wrote.


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