African Animals Responding To Themselves In A Mirror

June 2, 2015


This is a video of the mirror that French photographer Xavier Hubert Brierre set up in Gabon, (on the Atlantic coast of equatorial Africa), to capture the reactions of passing animals. The footage includes gorillas, a bunch of chimps, a mandrill, a couple leopards, a couple birds of prey that I couldn't identify, and an elephant. The elephant seemed to be the only animal that didn't care about its reflection. 'I already know I'm ugly,' I imagine it thinking because that's actually how I feel about myself and I'm just projecting my own feelings here. Still, the video did teach me something. Mostly that's it really hard to watch a bunch of chimpanzee buttholes for more than a couple seconds, especially when you're trying to down a bowl of SpaghettiO's with mini meatballs.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to RWL, who agrees they should try the same experiment with people leaving an all-you-can-eat buffet.

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