Animals React to Seeing Themselves in a Mirror… Wouldn’t Want to be the Gorilla’s Reflection!

By: | June 15th, 2015

Being able to recognize yourself in the mirror is a sign of self-awareness and intelligence that only humans and few animals have.

In a recent test, animals were videotaped in the jungle seeing their reflections for the first time, showing the reactions of a silverback gorilla, jaguars, and chimpanzees.

As you would guess, many of the animals immediately see the reflection as a rival animal threatening them, which results in some crazy reactions.

Let’s just say I would not want to be the gorilla’s reflection!

The jaguars seem to just climb all over the mirror, and while it takes them a second, the chimps eventually recognize their own reflection, showing off their higher intelligence.

Marshall Smith

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