Humans are able to recognise themselves when they look into a mirror but can animals do the same?

Unlike humans, animals primarily become aware of whether or not a territory or object belongs to them or other animals thru fragrance, sound, and sight. but, one query stays unsettled is whether or not animals can understand and recognise themselves if they are seen in the mirror.

In an attempt to find out the answer, French photographer Xavier Hubert Brierre travelled to Gabon to set up a large mirror in several locations in the jungle.

The mirrors were used to draw animals passing by using the locations and he also put hidden cameras on the locations to capture the animals’ reactions.

The cameras work by detecting any actions of wild animals which walked nearby.
This test can tell more about the animal’s habits, reactions and the nature of the wild animals.

Like when a silverback gorilla seemed to think that his reflection in the mirror was his rival and threw an aggressive punch into the glass.

Meanwhile, one of two leopards which passed by the mirror extended his paw towards his reflection.

Most animals react to their reflection on a mirror with aggressive behaviour but there are some animals that seem to be able to recognise themselves when looking into a mirror.

Some of the animals are a group of chimpanzees which used the mirror to groom and check themselves out in a hilarious manner.


Some even went similarly to flirt and seduce their mirrored image, thinking that the mirrored image became of opposite gender like what befell to at least one female leopard.

Whether or not these animals could recognise their reflection, their reactions are certainly epic and hilarious.

Watch their reactions in this video here.


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