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By Andrew Bridges, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON
If you're Happy and you know it, pat your head. That, in a peanut shell, is how a 34-year-old female Asian elephant in the Bronx Zoo showed researchers that pachyderms can recognize themselves in a mirror complex behavior observed in only a few other species.

The test results suggest elephants or at least Happy are self-aware. The ability to distinguish oneself from others had been shown only in humans, chimpanzees and, to a limited extent, dolphins.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science...-mirrors_x.htm
 

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It's further proof that we underestimate the intelligence and emotions of all sorts of animals. Reminds me of Masson's wonderful book When Elephants Weep and his more recent The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, both highly recommended.
 

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IS was telling me about this story the other day, and I was so interested that I Googled, but didn't think to post it here (doy). Elephants are amazing creatures, indeed.
 
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