In a remote area of the Gabonese forest, 12 km from the equator Anne-Marie et Xavier Hubert-Brierre have been observing the reaction of wild animals.
As they catch sight of themselves in large mirrors equipped with motion sensors the couple installed 5 years ago.In the video below, you can see the big cat rubbing his face and body on the mirror. It’s as if he can’t get enough of just how good he looks!
This innovative idea attracted the attention of primatologists, behaviour specialists whose studies on self recognition have, until now, been carried out in laboratories, on wild animals in captivity who are accustomed to the presence of humans.
They don’t hesitate to touch the surface of the mirror or reach behind the mirror in an effort to touch the image.