Florida’s Big Cat Rescue’s latest great video tests the feline reaction to seeing themselves in a mirror.
The sanctuary says that their cats spend a lot of time ‘making themselves look good,’ so they wanted to show them the results.
Putting a mirror by their enclosures produced a wide range of reactions, from indifference to some cats trying to reach the ‘cat in the mirror,’ while others ran away.
The cats aren’t seeing themselves as they are, among the animals which fail the ‘mirror test,’ an experiment which many scientists believe shows self-awareness. Big apes, elephants, dolphins and magpies pass the test. Babies (human) pass it at around 18 months old. But vision is not the primary sense for cats — smell and hearing are more important, so what they ‘see’ in a mirror is very far from what we humans do.
Big Cat Rescue says that it’s the world’s largest sanctuary for abandoned and rescued big cats and hosts more than a hundred (including some not so big ones) at its center in Tampa.
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