A pair of French videographers, Xavier Hubert-Brierre and Michel Guiss Djomou, have placed camera traps along the jungle roadside close to Nyonié, Gabon to see rare glimpses of the region’s tropical wildlife. While their videos of troops of mandrills and gorillas on the move are impressive, it was their innovative idea to place a large mirror by the roadside to capture the reactions of the native fauna that made for particularly entertaining cinematography.
If you’ve ever laughed at your dog, cat or bird’s reaction to its own reflection, then you’re going to love these videos:
The reaction of this troop of chimpanzees isn’t too surprising, considering that they would probably act defensively towards unfamiliar chimps. Then again watching yourself splash in puddles on a rainy day would be fun for anyone!
A leopard can’t change its spots, but it will spend plenty of time admiring itself in the mirror!
Like the chimpanzees, these elephants are a bit leery towards the mirrors, but after a little investigation, the pachyderms seem to lose interest relatively quickly. Still, these guys should take the opportunity to brush those gross tusks of theirs!
Click here to see the entire collection of these incredible “spy” videos taken in Gabon’s lush jungles.