Animals confused by their own reflections

Posted on October 4, 2012 by

The first time my dog Kokomo saw himself in the reflection of the back glass door, he was convinced another dog who sneakily mimicked his own body gestures was trying to intrude. He valiantly guarded the back part of my house, strutting back and forth, growling and occasionally pawing the window. I’m pretty sure most animals have had similar experiences the first time they ever saw themselves in a mirror. Do they end up just writing off mirrors as a creepy third dimension never to be questioned?

Anyway, this video montage features the funniest clips of animals confused by their own reflections in the mirror. It’s not just limited to cats and dogs either. Monkeys, tigers and lions all have their own unique reactions — though it’s usually predatory.

Watch it here:

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