Is that fur or feathers?
Every few years there's something that goes mega viral because people can't decide what it is.
There was the famous "is it blue and black, or white and gold" dress?
There was the audio recording that said either "yanny" or "Laurel."
Now people are scratching their heads and arguing whether the animal in a viral video is a bird or a rabbit. It all started when Imgur user Horseonbike shared a video of someone petting an animal with black fur (or feathers).
This thing that has most people confused is the positioning of the "ears" of the rabbit or the "beak" of the bird.
I think there's something wrong with your rabbit. https://t.co/Llr6QQ6Nd1 pic.twitter.com/V4LHapsZD3
— Imgur (@imgur) August 17, 2019
The video started a heated debate on Twitter.
— ShadowSpade (@ShadowSpadeXIV) August 19, 2019
I see a raven. Anyone else?
— TravellingMan (@SJJB55) August 19, 2019
no that's a bunny
— Joe Wadlington (@JoeWadlington) August 19, 2019
It looks like you are stroking the head of a crow. Wild.
— The Electric Agora (@ElectricAgora) August 19, 2019
Clearly a rabbit
— Nick Simmonds (@Diacritic) August 19, 2019
Not sure if rubbing left looking rabbit on the nose
an upward looking bird on the head (ears=beak) pic.twitter.com/RxTMwWD7za
— ꜱᴡᴀᴘɴɪʟ ಠ_ಠ ʙʜᴀᴛɪᴀ (@synbiocs) August 18, 2019
No,no, wait, it's blue.
— Dan Shires (@vertigowooyay) August 18, 2019
ok so I posted this on your fb too, but gotta make sure people appreciate it here too haha pic.twitter.com/zFl1uEvmDi
— Dani Crain (@DCrainium) August 18, 2019
The image is very similar to the ambiguous sketch psychologist Joseph Jastrow created in 1899 to to demonstrate the power of suggestion.
In one study, the image was shown to children around Easter and they tended to see the image as a rabbit. But when children were shown the image around October, more saw it as a duck.
The image is an example of how we internally project our life experiences and assumptions onto ambiguous visual stimuli.
So what type of animal is in the video?
It's a corvidae or a member of the family of birds which includes crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs, and nutcrackers
Note: This article was originally published August 20, 2019.
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