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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pocket Penguin App Delivers Live Penguin Feed from the Cal Academy of Sciences 24/7

Posted By on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Before Kitten Cam and Puppy Cam, you probably didn't know you could lose hours at a time watching small furry mammals snooze. (Yeah, we know that wasn't the reason for your most recent breakup, or that really cool job you don't have anymore...) Today the California Academy of Sciences has added flightless antarctic birds to the list of squee-worthy adorableness you can see online with Pocket Penguins, an app for iPhones and Androids that delivers live views of its African penguin colony. It's like Happy Feet in your pocket all the time.

Take it from us: It's OMG cute overload.

With the app, you can toggle between three cameras, including one that's underwater. The academy staff recommends watching the birds during feeding times at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., when they are most lively. We tuned in for the 3 p.m. feeding, and we're hooked. The penguins waddle. They hop. They fluff themselves. On the underwater camera you can watch them paddle with their little black flippers. We are now mesmerized and can't get any other work done. So download this thing at your own risk.

The academy plans to add a nest cam, so you can watch when a penguin couple incubates eggs and rears chicks. The academy's Helen Taylor tells us, "We also want to raise awareness of African penguins as an endangered species -- they are threatened in the wild by overfishing and habitat destruction."

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