Is it a crow or a cat? Optical illusion leaves internet baffled

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A picture of a crow or a catRobert Maguire/Twitter

Another picture is causing debate on the internet, especially for animal lovers!

Do you think the snap above is of a crow standing on a tiled floor wondering why it's being photographed?

Or maybe it's a black cat instead?

Make your mind up before we reveal the answer below.

So what is it?

It is actually a cat looking up at the camera, with one ear poking out which is probably why thousands of people online got confused.

It isn't the first time that a mind-bending puzzle like this has caused a stir online.

Remember the dress? Some people saw it as gold and white, while others were certain it was blue and black.

Check out some other examples below.

Is this photo moving or staying still?
Image of a picture which makes the audience think it is moving.Yurii Perepadia

This image was created by a designer called Yurii Perepadia from the Ukraine.

It was shared on social media by a neuroscientist Alice Proverbio whose job is to look at how the brain works.

What do think of the picture?

Alice says that the image is static but the way it is created tricks your mind into thinking it is moving.

She was using it to demonstrate how our mind works.

Is it a beach or is it a door?

An optical illusion which has got people deciding whether it is a beach or a doorTwitter/@rebeccareilly_

Do you remember the photo that was shared on social media by a woman, who wrote: "Is this a door or a beach???"

And the internet answered with almost 20,000 people leaving comments with their best guess.

Screengrab from Twitter where Becky reveals it's actually a beach@ rebeccareilly__

Despite the big reveal some people on Twitter were still completely convinced it's a door.

One Twitter user called penquinn wrote: "Still looks like a door with holes in it to me."

Others have even been doing some photo-shopping themselves to show what the 'door' would look like with some added extras.

That blue-black or white-gold dress
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WATCH: What colours do you see?

This dress caused a sensation online in 2015.

When looking at a photo of it, some people see it as gold and white, while others see it as blue and black.

Colours can appear different depending on what kind of light they're in. Something that's blue, for example, can look totally different in sunlight than under streetlights at night time.

But even when it's the same photograph, some people see blue, while others see white.

Is this cat going up or down?
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WATCH: Which way is the cat going?

This optical illusion picture of a cat had lots of people online asking: is the cat moving up or down the stairs?

Because of the way the light falls on the stairs, there aren't many other clues in the picture to help the brain decide whether it's going up or down.

But one clue could be in the moggy's tail.

How many girls do you see?
A picture showing girls reflected in a mirror multiple timesTiziana Vergari
How many girls do you see?

This image which was posted to social media has left people baffled. It was posted with the caption: "Same but different".

People find it really hard to tell how many girls are actually featured in the picture.

When asked about the photo, the person who shared it would only say that they have two daughters.

The train tracks
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WATCH: These train tracks look the same size right? (Courtesy of Marc Blank-Settle)

This video of a father shuffling around his son's toy train tracks confused the internet.

Can you figure out what caused the optical illusion?

It was posted on Twitter and was shared thousands of times.

The track on the bottom appears to be much longer than the one on the top, but when one is placed on top of the other, it's clear that they are in fact the same size.


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  • Comment number 66. Posted by U17345594

    17 Jan 2019 11:08
    The cat’sgoing up
  • Comment number 65. Posted by U17345594

    17 Jan 2019 11:03
  • Comment number 64. Posted by U17345594

    17 Jan 2019 10:56
    Try it for yourself!!!!

  • Comment number 63. Posted by U17345594

    17 Jan 2019 10:49
    It is because the track is curved!
  • Comment number 62. Posted by U17238592

    30 Oct 2018 8:45
    oh and there is two girls because there looking into a mirror
  • Comment number 61. Posted by U17238592

    30 Oct 2018 8:44
    The first one is a cat with its head upside down and the beach or a door is so obvious because...........its...............a..................DOOR ones again turned the other way!!!
  • Comment number 60. Posted by Hope

    30 Oct 2018 7:57
    Some were easy, some were hard D:
  • Comment number 59. Posted by Art lover

    29 Oct 2018 19:26
    I think that the beach/door picture is a door.
  • Comment number 58. Posted by turquoise teeny turtle

    29 Oct 2018 19:18
    I see a cat because it looks like they’re twisting their head and also a crow’s beak can’t be fury.
  • Comment number 57. Posted by Jess-forever-and-4-u

    29 Oct 2018 18:30
    It can be photoshoped