In an experiment/art project in the Gabonese forest, French couple Anne-Marie and Xavier Hubert-Brierre have been capturing the reactions of wild animals when they see their own reflections in strategically placed mirrors set throughout the woods. The mirrors have motion sensors to trigger the cameras when the animals walk up so humans can observe the animals’ behavior from a safe distance.
This leopard very clearly recognizes another leopard in the mirror, and can’t stop peering at the glass to check itself out. We don’t know whether he recognizes the image as himself…but we do know that even a fascinated leopard must get out of the way (fast) when a herd of elephants approaches! Watch and see what happens.