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Penguins Selfie on Ice Shelf Melts Internet

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By    |   Friday, 09 March 2018 10:41 AM

A couple of penguins became internet sensations after taking video selfies in Antarctica with a camera left behind by an Australian expeditioner to let the birds' curiosity take over.

Eddie Gault left the camera on the ice at Auster Rookey near Australia's Mawson research station. Emperor penguins wasted little time walking over to the camera to check it out, according to the Australia Antarctic Division website.

The video has been viewed more than 260,000 times.

According to National Geographic, emperors are the largest of all penguins, averaging 45 inches tall and weighing as much as 88 pounds. They live on the Antarctic ice and in the frigid surrounding waters, even breeding during the harsh winter season.

Female emperors, depending on the extent of the ice pack, can travel some 50 miles to reach the open ocean, where they will feed on fish, squid, and krill. At sea, emperor penguins can dive to 1,850 feet, deeper than any other bird, and stay underwater for more than 20 minutes.

The Australian Antarctic Division, based in Hobart, Tasmania, is a part of the Australian government's Department of the Environment and Energy. It is responsible for the "Advancement of Australia's strategic, scientific, environmental and economic interests in the Antarctic by protecting, administering, and researching the region," according to its website.

Social media follows shared their own humorous comments about the birds.

National Public Radio reported that People for the Ethical Treatment Animals actually sued wildlife photographer David Slater in 2015 after he posted a photo of a macaque that took a self-portrait with a camera he left nearby in Indonesia in 2011.

After a U.S. district judge kicked out the lawsuit, saying there was no evidence that the U.S. Copyright Act extended to animals, Slater agreed to donate 25 percent of future proceeds from the photo to groups that protect such animals and their habitat in Indonesia, NPR said.

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A couple of penguins became internet sensations after taking video selfies in Antarctica with a camera left behind by an Australian expeditioner to let the birds' curiosity take over.
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