Two Antarctic penguins took an adorable "selfie"
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A researcher was with the Australian Antarctic Division. He left a camera. He left it near the favorite haunt of a large colony of emperor penguins. Two of the birds waddled over. They went to check the camera out. The camera was rolling. The penguins started to peer into its lens. This resulted in a very cute penguin “selfie.” That's according to Amy B. Wang. She is with the Washington Post.
Eddie Gault is an expeditioner. He placed the camera near the Auster Rookery. This was during his visit to Australia’s Mawson research station. The Australian Antarctic Division posted a short clip. It was of the camera-happy penguins. They posted it on their social media pages. They wrote that the footage offers a “bird’s eye view of life in Antarctica!”
We can only see the feet of a penguin. That’s at the start of the clip. It appears to kick the camera over. That makes it so the lens faces the sky. The penguin stares into the camera. Then another one pops into the frame. The buddies bend towards the lens. They cock their heads. Then they straighten up. And they shake their heads. It is as if they decided that this strange object is not worth their time.
Penguins are “naturally curious” animals. That's what the Australian Antarctic Division writes. That was on its Facebook page. This is at least the second time that the birds have been caught goofing around with a camera. It happened before in 2013. That's when a Gentoo penguin snapped a selfie. It was of its gaping beak. It happened while toying with a GoPro camera. It was from a Canadian cruise ship.
Other animals have also been known to dabble in the art of the selfie. An eagle in Western Australia once swooped up a camera. It was supposed to be recording fresh-water crocodiles. It filmed itself. It was flying. And it was pecking at the lens.
Then there is the case of a crested black macaque. It inadvertently launched a years-long legal battle. It took a goofy photo of itself. It took it with a camera. It was owned by David Slater. He is a British wildlife photographer. Slater published the image of the macaque. He published it in a book. This prompted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to sue him. They said he was infringing on the copyright of the so-called “selfie monkey.” The parties settled out of court.
Slater admitted the macaque had pressed the shutter on his camera. This proved to be the crux of the lawsuit against him.
The camera was already rolling when the Antarctic penguins decided to strike a pose. So the Australian Antarctic Division should be able to avoid any legal woes. If you happen to be in the Antarctic and see two penguins taking top-down Instagram shots? You know whom to blame.