If You Ever Want to Spy on Penguins, Get the Chick Rover

I’m a huge fan of documentaries, and while I don’t watch one every day, when I start…well you know how that goes: an entire weekend of nothing but documentaries.

Of course, when it comes to documentaries, penguins are right up there at the top of the list together with polar bears and sea lions.

If you’re a documentary fan as well, I’m sure you’ve wondered a time or two just how they get all those awesome shots, how long they had to wait to get those shots, and how they can get so close. While seals and GoPro have been known to get together, I highly doubt that’s the camera BBC or NatGeo go for.

Together with his team, Yvon Le Maho of the University of Strasbourg in France might just have changed the way we get to observe penguins. They’ve created the “chick rover”, basically a penguin version of the Mars rover.

Don’t tell me that isn’t cool, cute, and all the awesome adjectives you can think of!

As cute as the chick rover is, the science behind it AND how the penguins react to it is even more impressive. The penguins actually accept the chick rover and talk to it!

Take a look at this video, and raise your glass to Yvon Le Maho and his team.


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