Elephants have been found to recognise themselves in a mirror, putting them in an exclusive club of self-awareness whose other members are great apes (including humans) and bottlenose dolphins.
An 8ft mirror was put in the elephant enclosure at the Bronx zoo in New York and a watch kept on its three inhabitants. The first question was if they greeted their reflection as if meeting another individual - they did not make this mistake, and used the mirror to inspect themselves, for example, moving their trunks to look at the inside of their mouths.
Inspecting the mirror and trying to look behind it - as did the Bronx elephants - is another indicator of self-awareness. One of the three also passed the "mark" test when painted in a place it would normally be unable to see. It touched the paint mark on its head after looking in the mirror.
Obsessed with the animals in Ayampe. Little story behind this cutie. I used to live in another space for 2 months and I’d always give this guy some lovin’. Since I moved I hadn’t seen him for about 2 weeks, and I went back over that way a week ago & he saw me and ran down the path to me and sat at my feet waiting for me to pet him. Really love this photo ❤️😍❤️
She sat on me, looked around, snuggled, and started sleeping. The warm morning sunlight was spreading against both of us and I wasn't moving an inch. I could see and feel her cute little paunch heaving up and down as she peacefully slept on my legs. I was listening to Queen - love of my life and crazy little thing called love. Her mom, sprawled besides us, was relaxing without much worry. And, I would never forget even the tiniest detail of this morning. I will recollect everything and draw my memories so beautifully with my feelings.