When you record a video of a baby, you really have no idea what the end result is going to be. The presence of a pet adds further unpredictability. And that’s what you’ll see in the video we’ve posted for you below.
The video opens with an adorable baby sitting on the floor next to a bed while the proud parent films, perhaps hoping to capture something super-cute to share with family and friends. Something catches the baby’s attention and moments later we can hear a faint meow off-camera. When the camera pans to the right, we see a stunningly beautiful Scottish fold. The breed gets its name from the way its ears are folded forward rather than sticking straight up like a normal cat’s. It’s the result of a wacky genetic mutation but far from viewing it as a defect, people love Scottish folds and their unique “owl-like” appearance.
The ever-curious cat has evidently decided to come in and see what’s going on. As she saunters over to greet her human friends, the cat catches a glimpse of her own face in a mirror. The horrified expression on her face is beyond belief, utterly indescribable. You’ll have to check out the video to fully appreciate it.
Like many animals, cats don’t have a full sense of self-awareness; if they did, they’d realize that the “other” animal in the mirror is their own reflection. The test for this is actually quite simple. Researchers put the animal under anesthetic and use paint or some other substance to put a mark on its body. A mirror is placed nearby. When the animal wakes up, the researchers watch to see if the animal examines or touches the mark in a way that suggests they recognize themselves in the mirror and therefore realized the mark was on their own body. Only humans and other great apes along with dolphins, killer whales, magpies, and Asian elephants have passed the test.
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