Fauna: An Adorable Blooper Reel of Penguins Slipping on Ice

Documentary filmmakers have compiled a delightful montage of outtakes from their film 'Spy in the Huddle.'

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For Penguin Fail, above, the filmmakers behind the BBC documentary Spy in the Huddle combed through their mountain of footage to capture the most awkward and hilarious moments. With nearly a million views since the video went live on YouTube earlier this month, they have a viral hit on their hands.

You might think that these aquatic birds would be surefooted on icy terrain but they slip and tumble just like us bipedal humans. Luckily, thanks to their round construction, they seem to bounce rather than collapse. Some even seem human when they recover: They collect themselves, shake it off, and then look around to see if anyone else noticed. 

Some of the penguin's-eye-view shots in the film might have been captured with the "snowball cam," one of many "spycams" John Downer Productions used in the making of the film. These scenes of baffled penguins waddling after the snowball cam as it rolls along the ice are pretty priceless: 

For more videos from our Friday Fauna series, check out the Atlantic Video channel

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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