Is it black and blue or white and gold? Is it Yanny or Laurel? Is it a bird or a bunny?
It’s the new optical illusion dividing the internet – a video showing a person stroking what seems to be a bird… or is it a rabbit?
Daniel Quintana, a senior researcher in biological psychiatry, posted a short clip on his Twitter showing an animal being rubbed on the head.
“Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose,” he tweeted.
Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose pic.twitter.com/aYOZGAY6kP
— Dan Quintana (@dsquintana) August 18, 2019
“I thought it was fairly clear that the video was of a bird,” Quintana later told CNET.
“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. 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.”
People were quick to pounce on the footage, voicing their opinions on what the animal really was.
“It looks like you are stroking the head of a crow. Wild,” one person tweeted.
“Here’s my rabbit,” another joked.
Here's my rabbit pic.twitter.com/KuSGNOAAQR
— Stan O'Connor (@TourguideStan) August 18, 2019
People have been quick to compare the debate to “The Dress” and “Yanny or Laurel” battle of 2015 and 2018.
“The Dress” optical illusion saw people questioning whether a dress was black and blue or white and gold. Similarly, the “Yanny or Laurel” debate arose from an audio clip featuring a robotic voice repeating a single word, with users having to determine whether it was saying ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’.
So, do you see a bird or a rabbit?