Forget the dress colour debate. Forget the 'beach or stormy sky' optical illusion. What the Internet really wants to know these days is whether the animal being petted in a viral video is a rabbit or a raven.
On Sunday, Daniel Quintana, a senior researcher in biological psychiatry at the University of Oslo in Norway, shared a video that has gone massively viral on Twitter. The video features a black rabbit... or a raven - the Internet can't decide which. It has been viewed over 3.3 million times and triggered a fierce debate on whether the animal is a bunny or a bird.
Take a look at the video below:
Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose pic.twitter.com/aYOZGAY6kP— Dan Quintana ???? (@dsquintana) August 18, 2019
Twitter users are now locked in a debate about what the animal is. Take a look at some of the reactions:
I see a raven. Anyone else?— TravellingMan (@SJJB55) August 19, 2019
Sounds like theology based on Looney Tunes. pic.twitter.com/l7eo7i5dma— Derek McNeil (@Schfooge) August 20, 2019
Okay first of all, I'm obsessed with this. Second, is this your rabbit? If So, please post more ???????? content???????? pic.twitter.com/o59gRKY3kX— Chelsea Parlett-Pelleriti (@ChelseaParlett) August 18, 2019
I don't know... The beak seems too curved for a crow. But if it is, I would definitely love to have a pet crow like that!— Cristina Zogmaister (@czogmaister) August 18, 2019
To some, the video was also reminiscent of the famous bunny/duck optical illusion
The optical illusion came to life, it's official, someone has a magic pen!!! pic.twitter.com/EDX84LTzT8— Keisha Renee (@Broadwaybandit5) August 20, 2019
According to CNet, Mr Quintana himself wasn't fooled by the illusion. To him, it was clear that the video featured a bird.
"I thought it was fairly clear that the video was of a bird... as you can see the translucent nictitating membrane sweep across the eye horizontally (rabbits don't have membranes like this) and the positioning of the 'ears' are a little strange," he said.
"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. "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."
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