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VIDEO: Penguins Take Accidental Selfie After Finding Camera In Antarctica

Do you have a favorite selfie? These penguins sure do!

We like to take a selfie once in a while, and it looks like animals have picked up the same habit.

Expeditioner Eddi Gault set a camera in Antarctica. He was looking for the perfect shot. Well, he got more than that. How about a penguin selfie?

In 2018, the Australian expeditioner was on his way to Auster Rookery, a breeding area for Emperor penguins. It’s located near Mawson Station, and it’s one of the many research stations Australia has in the area.

According to Gault, it “didn’t take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie.” The birds were probably just trying to hit the camera or something.

They ended up taking a selfie. One of the guys came closer, and his friends joined him. So amazing!

The Australian Antarctic Division shared the video, and it’s now viral.

Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) thrive in Antarctica. They grow up to 45 45 inches which makes them the largest of the 18 penguins species. Do you know that they weigh about 88 pounds?

The big birds “are designed” to resist the bad weather. They know how to keep themselves warm and change routes and spots to keep everyone warm.

The guys of the inner circle go outside and the guys from the outer line go inside. In this way, everyone stays warm! Smart, right?

Penguins breed in cold winter months. After laying eggs, they leave for two months and travel up to 50 miles or more to get food.

Males stay home and watch the eggs, keeping them warm with their own bodies. Mommies come back after two months, and daddies take their turn to get food.

Thousands of breeding penguins live at the Auster Rookery. It’s one of the 40 colonies in Antarctica.

take care of the perfect strategic, scientific, environmental, and economic interest in the Antarctic, and this is supported by Australia’s Antarctic Division. They protect, administer, and research the area.

“Emperor penguin populations are projected to undergo a moderately rapid decline over the next three generations owing to the effects of projected climate change,” the organization explains.

“However, it should be noted that there is considerable uncertainty over future climatic changes and how these will impact the species.”

Experts at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have listed the Emperor penguins as “near threatened.”