Tai Shan in trouble
Tai Shan has noticed his reflection in the window. He quietly looks at himself and approaches the glass. We think from the angle that his reflection must disappear, as he then loses interest. When he is near the glass he does not notice the excitement he causes on the other side. Someone has dubbed his photographing visitors the "pandarazzis." (link)
Lacan wasn't being entirely metaphorical about the Mirror Stage. An infant forms an image of the I by identifying with the external image of itself--potentially in the reactions of its mother, but also very likely by seeing itself in a literal mirror.
Now imagine what would happen to your ego-image if every time you got close enough to examine your reflection it was replaced by a bunch of camera-wielding tourists.
Exactly. You would wind up retarded.
Tags: Tai Shan, mirror stage, lacan, pandas, national zoo, biology