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9 Awesome Videos of Animals Discovering Cameras

When animals discover unfamiliar objects in their vicinity, the results can be hilarious—or kind of scary.

1. Owls

These little owls (Athene noctua) don't quite know what to do when they discover a GoPro outside their burrow in France. After some investigation, the birds—which eat meat and, occasionally, plants and berries—try to make it a snack.

2. Pallas' Cat

Otocolobus manul is a rarely seen cat that lives in the steppes and grasslands of Central Asia. They're about the size of a domestic cat, but their long, dense fur makes them look much larger. Also interesting: Their pupils contract into circles, unlike other cats', which are vertical slits. This particular video was shot at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, England.

3. Grizzly Bear

This video, filmed on the Alaskan peninsula, is probably as close to a grizzly's mouth as you'll ever want to get.

4. Chimp

When just looking won't suffice, this chimp uses a stick to investigate a trail camera.

5. Prairie Dog

These prairie dogs, residents of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, seemed weirded out, then intrigued, by the presence of a GoPro outside their mound.

6. Fox

"I went to Round Island, Alaska, to film wildlife with the University of Alaska Anchorage," the GoPro's owner writes on his YouTube page. "My friends were photographing and filming sea lions when I spotted this fox come along. So I stupidly put my GoPro on the ground in hopes of getting a close-up. When the fox ran off, I thought I'd never see my camera again. For about 8 minutes we looked for it, then there it was!" The camera does turn on and record, but the fox ripped the face of the camera off. Thankfully, it didn't swallow anything.

7. Elephant

A curious elephant in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park picked up a trail camera and took it for a walk.

8. Squirrel

Sorry, squirrel—this camera won't love you back.

9. Cheetah

This cheetah takes just a little taste of safari guide Matthew Copham's GoPro before backing off.

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Watch This Live Stream to See Two Rare Penguin Chicks Hatch From Their Eggs
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Bringing an African penguin chick into the world is an involved process, with both penguin parents taking turns incubating the egg. Now, over a month since they were laid, two penguin eggs at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are ready to hatch. As Gizmodo reports, the baby birds will make their grand debut live for the world to see on the zoo's website.

The live stream follows couple Sidney and Bette in their nest, waiting for their young to emerge. The first egg was laid November 7 and is expected to hatch between December 14 and 18. The second, laid November 11, should hatch between December 18 and 22.

"We are thrilled to give the public this inside view of the arrival of these rare chicks," National Aviary executive director Cheryl Tracy said in a statement. "This is an important opportunity to raise awareness of a critically endangered species that is in rapid decline in the wild, and to learn about the work that the National Aviary is doing to care for and propagate African penguins."

African penguins are endangered, with less than 25,000 pairs left in the wild today. The National Aviary, the only independent indoor nonprofit aviary in the U.S., works to conserve threatened populations and raise awareness of them with bird breeding programs and educational campaigns.

After Sidney and Bette's new chicks are born, they will care for them in the nest for their first three weeks of life. The two penguins are parenting pros at this point: The monogamous couple has already hatched and raised three sets of chicks together.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album
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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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