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How Do These Wild Animals React to Seeing Their Reflections in Mirrors for the First Time?

Only a handful of animals have passed the mirror test, a behavioral test to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself: Asian elephants, bottlenose dolphins, and the Eurasian magpie. French photographer Xavier Hubert Brierre recently traveled to Gabon and set up a mirror in the wild to see how animals reacted when they crossed paths with it.

Some of the animals responded with curiosity, like the chimps that sat in front of the mirror observing themselves. Some responded with vanity, such as the leopard who purred at his own reflection. One gorilla actually charged his own reflection in the mirror. Others, however, flat-out ignored the mirror altogether.

The video’s YouTube page says:

There can be no better or worse sight than your own reflection, but these vain animals seemed very keen to admire themselves.

See how all of the animals in the video reacted to seeing their own reflections for the first time!

   
 
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