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Robot Penguin Meets Actual Penguin In Cutest Experiment Ever

03/11/2014 10:11 GMT | Updated 05/11/2014 10:59 GMT

In what might be the cutest experiment ever, researchers have introduced a baby penguin to a robot penguin, just to see what happens.

The robot is designed to help biologists study Emperor Penguins up close, without disturbing the birds which are notoriously shy - and tend to panic around human researchers.

The team led by Yvon Le Maho of the University of Strasbourg in France developed the robots to meet the robots more closely at Adelie Land in Antarctica (where 'March of the Penguins' was filmed).

The researchers were able to remain 650 feet away at all times, while the robot covered in fur, with a beak and wings, did the real work.

Le Maho said the penguins even sang the robot "a very special song like a trumpet".

There's more detail over at Phys.org, but let's be honest - all you need is this picture:

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