05 Mar '12, 5am

How Big Cats React to Their Own Reflections (Video)

Judging from the sultry strut of a tiger, the cool repose of a lion, or a leopard's steely gaze, the world's most iconic big cats clearly suspect they look good -- but just how would they react to seeing their own handsome reflection staring back at them? Well, thanks to an informal experiment by the folks at the Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary, now we've got a pretty good idea: they're not big fans of mirrors. In this whimsical video produced by the Tampa, Florida based sanctuary, big cat caregivers record how various species respond to seeing themselves in a mirror . It seems, for the most part, the largest cats seemed none too pleased seeing what they likely believed to be an equally bothered cat gazing back; smaller cats, however, were a bit more inquisitive -- not so different from typical house cat behavior. For decades, similar mirror tests have been used to determi...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/how-big-cats-r...

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