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The preliminary study of mirror self-recognition (MSR) on Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus)


Ahmad, Hafandi and Ramali, Mohd Hanafi and H., Azwan and Mohd Noor, Mohd Hezmee and Abu Hassim, Hasliza and Zeid, Zahidah Izzati and Jayaseelan, Kavitha and Tengku Azizan, Tengku Rinalfi Putra (2018) The preliminary study of mirror self-recognition (MSR) on Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus). Jurnal Veterinar Malaysia, 30 (1). pp. 23-25. ISSN 9128-2506

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The mirror self-recognition (MSR) is a behavioral technique to determine whether an animal has the ability to identify themselves in front of a mirror. A Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus) was selected from Zoo Negara Malaysia and an acrylic mirror is placed outside of the cage to observe interaction of the animal to the mirror. This study showed that the bear’s behaviour was inconsistent due to the inability of the animal to recognize its own reflection after exposure to the close and open mirror tests. These results suggest that when keeping Malayan sun bears in captivity, putting a mirror as enrichment may promote communication and familiarity between conspecific.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Publisher: Veterinary Association Malaysia
Keywords: Mirror self-recognition (MSR); Self-recognition; Malayan sun bear (Helarctos malayanus)
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2018 15:39
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 15:39
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