Jungle Animals Reacting to Their Own Reflections

A French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist by the name of Jacques Lacan wrote extensively on the nature of self-awareness due to an integral stage of development he called the mirror stage; that time of an infant’s life when they recognize themselves in a mirror reflection. I am curious about this idea of ‘the mirror stage’ but can the same thing be said for wild animals in their natural habitat past infancy? Regardless of that psychoanalytic theory, the animals seen in the video below do seem to react rather curiously when face to face with their own reflection, as this charming video has captured:

Innovative French photographer Xavier Hubert Brierre travelled to Gabon with his wife and set up a mirror in several locations in order to capture animals walking by. The results are stunning…

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~ by Fionnlagh on June 3, 2015.

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