When shown their reflection, wild Adélie penguins can tell it isn’t another penguin – but they may not fully connect their mirror image to themselves
5 December 2022
Adélie penguins seem to have passed a portion of the mirror test, in which animals that see their reflection in a mirror appear to recognise that they are seeing themselves and not another individual. The researchers who ran this experiment say the findings suggest these penguins may have a degree of self-awareness, but others aren’t convinced.
The mirror test, developed in the 1970s, traditionally includes marking an area of the animal’s body, such as the forehead, and seeing if the animal then …