Optical Illusion Goes Viral As Web Users Attempt To ‘Spot The Panda’

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An optical illusion created by a Russian artist has gone viral as people attempt to spot a panda bear hidden within.

Ilja Klemencov created the image to help support the World Wildlife Fund and its conservation efforts.

Among a background of headache inducing black and white zig-zags the bear has been reported to come in and out of focus, prompting the tagline ‘They Can Disappear’.

Can you spot it?

Ilja Klemencov

If you are struggling to find the bear don’t worry, your eyes are probably ok, but you should try taking a step back from the screen and turning it away from you on a 90 degree angle.

Got it?

It isn’t the first time that pandas have been included in a ‘spot the’ challenge.

Hungarian artist Gergely Dudás produced the following image in December of last year.

The Dudolf

It took just a few days for the image to be shared 100,000 times as people struggled to find the bear among the snowmen.

Dudolf told the i100:

The popularity of the ‘panda’ picture amazed me, I still can’t believe it, but it makes me really happy! Glad to see how people like something I made.

The Dudolf

According to the Daily Mail the WWF has reported Panda numbers have increased with 1,864 alive in the wild in 2014, as against 1,000 in the late 1970s.

They do remain on the IUCN red list for endangered animals, however.


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Kieron Curtis

An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest... not forgetting his time at ASDA.