What are you looking at? Stunning pictures show animals staring out their own reflections in mirror
There can be no better or worse sight than your own reflection, but these vain animals seemed very keen to admire themselves.
Innovative French photographer Xavier Hubert Brierre travelled to Gabon with his wife and set up a mirror in several locations in order to capture animals walking by.
The results are stunning, with one of the more amusing reactions being from two leopards.
One of them takes several looks at the mirror before it is attacked by a second leopard, who calls off the ambush when he too spots Xavier’s mirror.
He then walks over to take a closer look before pawing at the mirror thinking it is a rival leopard, all while the first big cat watches from afar.
A huge gorilla also greets his reflection with massive aggression and violent thrashing at the mirror, while an elephant is captured having a brief look before wandering serenely away.
Despite the long days and attacks by various insects found in the African undergrowth, Xavier says the experience was a thoroughly enjoyable one.
He said: “I had to wash the mirrors on which leopards and monkeys left greasy streaks, traces of blood and faeces left by insects hitting their surface ignoring their reflective property.
“Myself and my wife spent many long days at the site, often being attacked by different types of fly and bees.”
Xavier hid cameras in security boxes and set up motion sensors that would trigger the cameras whenever some wildlife walked close to the mirrors.
One thing is for sure, the elephants and gorillas that did walk past didn’t disappoint and provided some truly stunning pictures and videos that any photographer would be proud of.