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Rabbit or Raven? Netizens Divided Over What 'Animal' It Is In Viral Video

'The optical illusion came to life' said one user.

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Updated:August 22, 2019, 4:01 PM IST
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Rabbit or Raven? Netizens Divided Over What 'Animal' It Is In Viral Video
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Is it a rabbit or a raven?

That’s the mystery netizens are trying to solve, courtesy the latest optical illusion to go viral on social media.

Twitter can’t figure out if an animal being petted in a video posted by Daniel Quintana, a senior researcher in biological psychiatry at the University of Oslo in Norway, is a black rabbit or a raven.

If you watch the video closely, you might find yourself confused.

The video has racked up over 7 million views already and drawn thousands of comments.

Many were reminded of the viral bunny/duck optical illusion.

Quintana told CNET that he had posted the video on Twitter after spotting it on a tweet sent by photo service Imgur. "The static bird/rabbit illusion is well-known within psychology and philosophy, so when I saw a video, I thought it would be interesting to share it,” he was quoted as saying.

Quintana said that although it was “fairly clear that the video was of a bird…,” he had deliberately posted the video with a cheeky caption. "I made the rabbit comment to prime readers into thinking it was actually a rabbit, to give it a fighting chance at least," he said, adding, "When you only see the beak in your peripheral vision, it really seems like they're ears. Without this misleading cue, I thought most people would have seen a bird."

Quintana said he was “pretty confident” that animal in the video was a “white-necked raven, but I'm not a corvid expert so I can't say this with 100 percent certainty."

Previous optical illusions to leave netizens scratching their heads include a “three-color confetti illusion with spheres, which appear to be yellowish, reddish, and purpleish but in fact have exactly the same light-brown base color.”

Another one involved a picture that resembled a beach on a stormy evening at first glance, but turned out to be something completely different after closer inspection.

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