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Curious penguins find camera, take selfie

Curious penguins find camera, take selfie

A camera set up near Australia's Mawson research station in Antarctica caught an up-close view of emperor penguins staring down for arguably one of nature's coolest selfies.

The curious birds flipped it over to face skyward, then did what any one of us would do - they took a selfie video. Emperor penguins wasted little time walking over to the camera to check it out, according to the Australia Antarctic Division website.

"Emperor penguin populations are projected to undergo a moderately rapid decline over the next three generations owing to the effects of projected climate change".

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.

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A couple of curious penguins have captured a selfie that puts Ellen's Oscars one to shame.

The camera is rolling as the two penguins waddle over.

The camera was placed there by expeditioner Eddie Gault. On the second day, a group of monkeys began playing with his camera, so he mounted it on a tripod and adjusted the settings to optimize a close-up in case they hit the trigger. But it seems like humans clicking their own photos are now passé.


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