A pair of emperor penguins in Antarctica filmed themselves with a camera that had been left on the ice by an explorer.

In the short video, posted by the Australian Antarctic Division, you can see one penguin approach the camera, somehow flick it up so that it’s focused on its face, and then a second penguin joins. They both curiously stare down at the lens before losing interest. One of the penguins is even saying something — a vocalization I decided to interpret as, “Why are they spying on us?”


The birds have long beaks and threatening-looking claws. (You can take a quick peek at them at the beginning of the video when the first penguin arrives.) Their bellies look incredibly soft and cuddly — a white pillow of fat. In fact, they need…

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