Pets vs. Mirrors

Most animals just don’t get mirrors. I discovered this early in life, when I showed my “chameleon” (an anole, actually) a hand mirror and was amazed by the little lizard’s violent reaction to his own reflection. I’m surprised he didn’t blow a gasket.

So here we are with dogs and cats, goats, a horse, lizards, and even a monkey, all of them baffled by that mysterious expanse of glass. We’ve seen our pets figure out harder things that mirrors, but mirrors stump them. My iguana paid no attention to mirrors, but never did work out why he couldn’t eat pictures of strawberries painted on the plate.

P.S.–I may be having Facebook issues again, so I’d be obliged to anyone who shares this post on his or her FB page, just so I can see if it generates referrals.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

5 responses to “Pets vs. Mirrors

  • Erlene

    this is one of the funniest yet. Some of the critters want to play, and some want to fight. must be frustrating.


  • UnKnowable

    Was that the same iguana that never gave up hope that the dog would feed him?

    The video was pretty good. Who knows how animals perceive things? They obviously perceive things differently by species. I noticed that one dog sniffed behind the mirror and then went back to staring at the mirror. they say, a good (or at least exciting) time was had by all. 🙂


  • Linda Sorci

    The only animals of mine that ever ‘got’ mirrors were my birds: parakeet, amazon parrot, nanday conure. And they all loved looking at themselves 🙂


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