Playful Penguins Struggle To Keep Atop A Slippery Floating Chunk Of Ice

It’s like a penguin version of king of the hill, except no one’s winning. 

A tourist in Antarctica spotted the seabirds going about their business in the frigid waters last month. More than a few penguins seemed to think a floating chunk of ice would make for a great spot for a break, but none managed to stay on top of it for very long.

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A baby Adelie penguin (L), who was born on July 10, 2013, and a mother share a moment at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan on July 26, 2013. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
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This June 18, 2013, photo provided by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago shows a rockhopper penguin chick that was hatched at the aquarium on June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Shedd Aquarium, Brenna Hernandez)
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A baby Adelie penguin (bottom), who was born on July 10, 2013, and a mother share a moment at the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan on July 26, 2013. Visitors can see the 680 grams baby penguin and other penguins living in a water tank surrounded by frozen rocks and ice. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

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