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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Hello, handsome!


Mirror makes elephants reflect
By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
Last Updated: 2:22am GMT 31/10/2006

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the smartest pachyderm of all? Happy, the Asian elephant, according to an experiment that reflects well on their great intelligence.
Researchers exposed Happy, Maxine and Patty - all adult Asian females at the Bronx Zoo in New York - to a square eight-ft mirror and discovered that they were aware that they were looking at their own reflections.
And in the case of Happy, she also touched a mark on her head which she could not have otherwise seen.
In this way, elephants have joined a small, elite group of species - including humans, great apes and dolphins - that have the ability to recognise themselves in the mirror.
Daily Telegraph

3 Comments:

Blogger gazza27 said...

Does this mean elephants might take more care about their apearance?

6:56 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

I've heard there's been a massive run on wrinkle cream!

8:12 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Are there elephants who can't walk by a mirror without stopping to admire themselves and primping??

10:26 AM  

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