Funny reactions of animals seeing their reflections for the first time

Funny reactions of animals seeing their reflections for the first time

What happens when animals in the wild see their reflections in a mirror for the first time?

The experiment was conducted by an innovative French photographer, Xavier Hubert Brierre.

He and his wife travelled to Gabon, in Africa, and set up a mirror and motion sensors in several locations to capture the animals' responses as they walked by, Mail Online reported.

A video, showing the animals reactions which ranged from indifference to aggression, was posted on YouTube.

The video shows different animals having different reactions. A leopard is seen trying to paw at its own reflection, while an elephant seems to be indifferent and calmly walks on.

But a silverback gorilla reacted with aggression, staring at the mirror for a while before charging at it and trying to attack.

According to Mail Online, only a few animals such as humans are able to recognise their own reflection and most animals respond aggressively, but some primates can display human-like recognition.

This is seen in the video when a group of chimpanzees seem intrigued by the mirror, using it to preen themselves and forming a line in front of it.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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