09 Mar '12, 4am

Big Cat + Mirror = Funny (VIDEO) | Care2 Causes

I've read about a stupid stunt where a dog is placed on a large mirror laying on the floor and panics... Visual animals will either appreciate it (if they're familiar with their own reflection in a pool of water) or attack or panic. Animals using hearing, scent, or other nonvisual senses see only a flat plate or minimal 'dead' image. Cetaceans, being visual on the surface of the sea and sonar-based audio submerged, would seem to be a special case. As long as the 'trick' is only used in legitimate research and the preserve cats are either rehabilitated before release to their native environment or cared for if they can't be released, I'm satisfied.

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/big-cats-mirror-funny-video.html

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