Scientists Use Penguin Look-Alike Rover To Study Penguins
Penguins are fairly shy creatures, so researchers sought a way to study them without scaring them.By Matt Moreno | November 3, 2014
It appears a group of scientists are subscribing to the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" strategy when it comes to studying penguins.
Scientists in France have created a robot penguin — equipped with wheels, a camera, and a fake look-alike — to help them get up close and personal with the feathery creatures.
The study, published in Nature Methods, focused on how to reduce the stress to penguins while researching them. The study notes, "Approaching wild animals to collect data on their phenotypic traits induces stress, escape behavior and, potentially, breeding failure and therefore jeopardizes the quality of the collected data."