We live in the age of a selfie. Gone are the ways when the mirror provided people with validation. Now they need to look fire in reflective glass and online too, especially if you just so happen to be an Instagram influencer.
However, one influencer has become a laughing stock after she unknowingly took a selfie in front of bonking penguins.
The hilarious snap was taken in South Africa by Steph Elswood. When she posted the picture of herself with two penguins at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony in Cape Town to her 237K followers, she admitted it wasn't the cute snap she thought it was.
Thankfully, she saw the funny side of it too, and called herself out in the caption: "I was there for about 10 minutes trying to get a good pic next to my new pals Penny and Guin and THEY WERE HAVING SEX THE WHOLE TIME!!!!!!! I was being too self-absorbed to notice!!! HAHAHA OOPS. "These penguins were removed from a sushi store after causing trouble:
Elsewood then later explained that anyone else who is planning a visit to the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony should be mindful of their photography because it is stressing out the penguins.
She wrote: "I have just been informed that the penguins on Boulders Beach are under a lot of stress due to tourists trying to get too close. I feel guilty that I contributed to that and thought that because they weren't reacting when I got close that they weren't bothered by me. If you are considering visiting this spot, then please be mindful and ask guards for appropriate distances."
Needless to say, Elsewood's snap delighted social media users.
One wrote: "This honestly just made my day!"
A second remarked: "Loooooool??I mean the selfie is FABULOUS?the making sweet love however is something else lol."
Meanwhile, a third wrote: "Hahaha I am done ???? this is the best photo I have ever seen."
So, the next time you're planning on taking a selfie with some animals, you might want to pay closer attention to what's going on in the background before posing and make sure that you're not harming the animals' welfare by doing so!