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What Happens When You Plant Hidden Cameras in a Penguin Colony

by Maribel Lopez
September 23, 2014 | I ❤️ PBS

I have a soft spot for anything animal-related, but the latest Nature special showcasing penguin life has me at a new animal-obsessed level. Penguins: Spy in the Huddle - The Journey is the first of a three-part series that gets incredibly up-close-and-personal (there may or may not be a robot/real penguin love affair) with Emperor, Rockhopper (my fave) and Tropical Humboldt penguins using hidden cameras. And by hidden camera, I don't mean a Go-Pro perched in a tree -- I mean undercover spy cameras placed inside giant moving rocks and fake eggs produced by robotic penguins that also have cameras in them and that appear so real that their tuxedoed counterparts accept them as one of their own.

Filmmakers used the cameras to infiltrate these three penguin colonies, allowing us to witness what penguin parents endure to mate and raise their young in some of the world's most arduous environments. So if you think parenting is hard...try jumping up rocks with no arms or shuffling across a frozen tundra with ice & snow blowing in your face just to get to your mate.

The film is informational, adorable, beautifully shot and engaging. I found myself giggling, tearing up, waddling side-to-side and really looking forward to the rest of the series.

Penguins: Spy in the Huddle - The Journey airs Wednesday, 9/24 at 7 p.m. on tpt 2.

For more adorable penguin vids, click here.


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Maribel Lopez is a lifelong public media fan and as director of Rewire, oversees the site’s strategy and operations. When she isn’t catching up on the latest digital publishing trends, she enjoys traveling, flamenco dancing and going on adventures with her doggos.
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