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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

 

Elephants pass mirror test of self-awareness

`Elephants have been found to recognise themselves in a mirror, putting them in an exclusive club of self-awareness whose other members are great apes (including humans) and bottlenose dolphins. [..]

An 8ft mirror was put in the elephant enclosure at the Bronx zoo in New York and a watch kept on its three inhabitants. The first question was if they greeted their reflection as if meeting another individual – they did not make this mistake, and used the mirror to inspect themselves, for example, moving their trunks to look at the inside of their mouths.’




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