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<b>By Andrew Bridges, The Associated Press<br><br>
WASHINGTON</b> 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.<br><br><br><br>
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.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/discoveries/2006-10-31-elephant-mirrors_x.htm" target="_blank">http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science...-mirrors_x.htm</a>
 

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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 <i>When Elephants Weep</i> and his more recent <i>The Pig Who Sang to the Moon</i>, both highly recommended.
 

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Awesome to see stuff like this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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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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