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A jungle cat has tried to attack his mirrored reflection after thinking it’s a rival.
Mark Fernley set up a camera trap and placed a mirror in the Amazon rainforest in Las Piedras River, Madre de Dios, Peru, as part of a Mirror Image Stimulation Study which looks into whether jungle animals recognise their reflection.
The footage shows the jaguar trying to attack his ‘rival’ by jumping up the mirror and a puma roaring at the ‘opponent.’
Mark, a data analyst said: “The study shows self-recognition is not present as the big cats scrape marking around the mirror – this is a way to show the reflection, or in their case another big cat, that it is their territory.
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