Two Antarctic penguins took an adorable "selfie"
Two Antarctic penguins took an adorable "selfie" Penguins pose for their "selfie" in Antarctica. ( Guardian News/Bernard Spragg. NZ/Flickr)
Two Antarctic penguins took an adorable "selfie"
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A researcher with the Australian Antarctic Division left a camera behind. He left it near the favorite haunt of a large colony of emperor penguins. Then two of the birds waddled over to check the contraption out. The camera was rolling when the penguins started to peer into its lens. This resulted in a very adorable penguin “selfie.” That's according to Amy B. Wang of the Washington Post.

Expeditioner Eddie Gault 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 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!”

At the start of the clip, we can only see the feet of a penguin. It appears to kick the camera over so its lens faces the sky. The penguin stares into the camera. Then another pops into frame. The buddies bend towards the lens. They cock their heads. Then they straighten up and shake their heads. It is as if they have decided that this strange object is not worth their time.

Penguins are “naturally curious” animals. That's what the Australian Antarctic Division writes 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 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 flying and pecking at the lens. 

Then there is the case of a crested black macaque that inadvertently launched a years-long legal battle.  It took a goofy photo of itself with a camera owned by David Slater. He is a British wildlife photographer. Slater published the image of the macaque in a book. This prompted People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to sue him for infringing on the copyright of the so-called “selfie monkey.” The parties settled out of court.

By Slater’s own admission, the macaque had pressed the shutter on his camera. This proved to be the crux of the lawsuit against him. 

In the case of the Antarctic penguins, the camera was already rolling when they decided to strike a pose. So the Australian Antarctic Division should be able to avoid any legal woes. But if you happen to be in the Antarctic and see two penguins taking top-down Instagram shots, you know whom to blame.

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Have you ever heard of an animal taking a selfie? What happened?
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  • laneyA-dec
    5/20/2019 - 05:06 p.m.

    No I never have heard of an animal taking a selfie. It would be really cool if my pet could take a selfie.

  • DylanL-dec
    5/23/2019 - 11:17 a.m.

    I always thought penguins were cute.

  • PaigeM-dec
    5/24/2019 - 11:47 a.m.

    Yes I have. My horse loves taking selfies. Can they turn out great!

  • Austin Y-der
    5/31/2019 - 03:04 p.m.

    This article is really funny and imagine how funny their conversaition would be like penguin one would be like it selfie time and the other one would be like AW YEAH

  • LeH-eri
    8/22/2019 - 10:17 a.m.

    That's when a Gentoo penguin snapped a selfie of its gaping beak.It happened while toying with a GoPro camera.It was from a Canadian cruise ship.

  • JustinM-hef
    11/12/2019 - 09:54 a.m.

    I think he deserved it after all the crested black macaque
    did not pick which frame of the film the Photographer did and he posted it, After all the court can't put a macaque in court and somebody had to be blamed.

  • JChisolm-hef
    11/12/2019 - 09:59 a.m.

    I thought that this article was a very good and funny because who would've thought that a penguin would be able to take a picture of itself like for real this could be a easier way to take picture of or with penguins. Like years from now penguins could very good at taking picture in the furter.

  • JustinM-hef
    11/12/2019 - 10:00 a.m.

    No, I have not, however I really enjoyed this article! It is amazing that two penguins took a selfie.

  • gabriell-wha
    12/19/2019 - 12:20 p.m.

    Other than the examples in the story I have not heard of an animals taking a selfie. It made me laugh out loud

  • juliar-wha
    12/19/2019 - 12:24 p.m.

    Have never but I took a selfie with a animal and me.

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