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Hey! Previous post I did yesterday, already gave some results. Andrew Miller and Robert Irvine (editor at Web User magazine) both sent me a scanned photo of the page where our widget was mentioned! Thanks guys, I really appreciate it. I will probably create “MOI in The News” section, where I will post all those articles that made reference to this site. If you have some material, don’t hesitate to send it. Stay tuned!

In the mean time, here is a simple illusion that surely worked for me. Have a look at the picture below. Can you see the deliberate mistake the author did? Some people see it immediately, while others stare at the image, and takes them eternity to notice. Some people don’t see it at all. Jump inside the article, and read the answer I wrote below the photo – or confirmation of your answer (if you have already seen the solution)!

Find The Mistake!
You did spot it, didn’t you? If not, just ask yourself …. what is the name of this animal?


157 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    is it the zebra marks

  2. Kevin says:

    How did I not get that??? I was going to say something about the chest but when I scrolled down for confirmation, I wasn’t even close!!! That is what I call Girrbra. Very funny though!

  3. proxylittle says:

    i see a a penguin in the zebra spripes. Thats the mistake ;)

  4. claude says:

    i dont see that its just zebra markings there is no penguin

  5. Anonymous says:

    i still dont see anything else but a zebra?

    what is i am ment to be seeing?

  6. Celena says:

    I saw it on my google page and instantly noticed it! The zebra stripes :)

  7. sylviax says:

    how can you NOT get that? :L

  8. remen says:

    do you mean aside from the obvious fact that the giraffe has zebra stripes? If its supposed to be something subtle then I can’t see it. The stripes seem too obvious to be an illusion.

  9. moe says:

    hahaha great one!!!

  10. Badslats says:

    It’s a ZIBRAFFE :-D

  11. Andrey S. says:

    It's a hybrid – ZEBRAFFE (ZEBRa & girAFFE) :)

  12. Anonymous says:

    the background !!! it’s not the Savanna !

  13. sevr72 says:

    It's a new hybrid. I call it ZEBRAFFE (ZEBRa & girAFFE)

  14. Anonymous says:

    Funny. I thought; what a strange head, but didn’t really see that it was the zebra stripes.. Don’t you think it’s a kind of weird that we don’t ‘just’ see that?

  15. Koaieus says:

    LOL! It took me a while, but then I remembered zebras don’t have long necks and giraffes aren’t striped black and white. Very nice one!

  16. mike says:

    lol wow i cant believe i missed that, and claude its called sarcasm >.>

    you know, maby there is no mistake, i mean it is a painting right?

  17. Anonymous says:

    i see the penguin… kinda… i think its on the thigh/hip of the front leg.

  18. lou says:


  19. Anonymous says:


  20. Anonymous says:

    Oh, I LOVE IT!!!

  21. Anonymous says:

    There is an ear sticking out of its back.

  22. Erick H says:

    it’s a jiraffe!! with zebra lines

  23. Margreet says:

    I started to wonder if there was a more tricky illusion in this one. But I never saw a giraffe like this though XD

  24. Chuck says:

    It’s right in front of you!
    It’s a giraffe with zebra stripes, duh!

  25. Phoenix says:

    at first I thought it was that the front legs were lit incorrectly, I feel so dumb

  26. Anonymous says:

    i get it now it took forever!! thats really cool!!!

  27. Anonymous says:

    LOL this one is really funny, didn’t get it until I read the first comment.

  28. Anonymous says:

    It’s a giraffe’s body with zebra markings?

  29. Anonymous says:

    How could anyone not spot that?

    I thought they messed up on the feet or something-I didn’t think it would be something as obvious as its neck was too long

    the author meant to make it like that-you can see giraffe horns along w/ zebra ears

  30. RaMpaNTe says:

    It’s a Zeebgraf!!!

  31. Anonymous says:

    I see the penguin! :D

    And the zebra markings :P got it as soon as I looked at the picture on my google widget.

  32. Anonymous says:

    IT’S A ZEBRAFFE!!!!!!!!!!! lol so cuuuute! but, i must say, not really an illusion… love it anyway! awesome vurdlak!!!

  33. Angela says:

    Giraffe’s don’t have zebra marks and zebras don’t have long necks

  34. Anonymous says:

    ummm yeah u guys dont noyice that its a zebra patteren on a giraffes bady

  35. Anonymous says:

    not sure, but i think there is a little bird upon the zebra’s back

  36. Anonymous says:

    that guy spent a lot of time
    looking for that penguin
    don’t mess it up dude xD

  37. Joanna says:

    That was v-e-r-y i-n-t-e-r-e-s-t-i-n-g. I was looking at the body shape, trying to see if the legs were on backwards, if the tail belonged to some other animal, when it suddenly hit me. I liked this one because it’s simple, really obvious and yet still fooled my “smart” brain.

  38. B3RLiN says:

    Juste amazing trick to my brain… Gosh it hurts !

  39. Pablo says:

    No… no lo entiendo!! No se donde esta el error, son de esas pocas ilusiones que no comprendo. Muy buena! :S
    Saludos desde México!!
    Excelente página!! Los veo cada día en mi pagina iGoogle de inicio.

    No… I don´t get it!! I don´t know where the mistake is, there are few illusions I don´t get and this is one of them. :S
    Greetings from México!!
    Excelent website!! I see you every day on my iGoogle page!!

  40. Bas says:

    You are probably starting to see things then proxylittle. I dont see anything. =P
    I just knew something was wrong with this picture but couldnt find out what.. And it was so obvious. xD

    I love this iGoogle add, everytime I start my IE I just hope there is a new picture here. :>

  41. Anonymous says:

    it says “did you spot it or did you not? just ask your self whats the name of the animal??”

  42. Anonymous says:

    retards it’s a zebra, not a giraffe

  43. Jacob says:

    lol i can’t believe i didn’t catch that, i read the last part and started looking for a word in the stripes. thats funny how it works out like that

  44. Anonymous says:

    hahahah its a giraffe with zebra marks

  45. Solmn says:

    the stripes on the neck are repeated twice, but besides for that IT IS A ZEBRA WITH A GIRAFFE’S BODY!!!

  46. Gioz says:


    i din’t even notice

    jirafes have not lines!

  47. Smudge says:

    OMG I feel like such a tool now that I’ve seen the ‘mistake’.
    Very good one!!

  48. T says:

    HAHA! This is excellent! When I read “Find the Mistake!” I immediately went examining the “giraffe” for an extra limb or a weird tail or something! This is a great little trick!

  49. Anonymous says:

    I can’t believe I missed that!!!

  50. Anonymous says:

    I like this picture. It’s great. It shows me, that the evolution is so various and imaginable that everything could be possible for our minds so that we couldn’t see the mistake in a second.
    Anything is possible
    (I’m from germany, so I hope that my grammar is not so bad)

  51. Anonymous says:

    nice, although I can’t imaguine anyone not seeing that.

    This should help those that are having trouble:

  52. Anonymous says:

    It is a girrafe with stripes!

  53. Anonymous says:

    How can you not see it???? Its a giraffe with zebra markings

  54. Z3nder says:

    It’s a bird on its back, looks like a little pinguin cause of the Zebra marks

  55. Anonymous says:

    its a giraffes body with zebra stripes on it. thats the mistake. Ive never seen a zebra with such a long neck..

  56. Anonymous says:

    Since when have giraffes had stripes?

  57. Anonymous says:

    zebra print on a giraffe’s body. [: saw it right away.

  58. Bill says:

    I love the penguin comment! My first thought was misdirection and there was something in the trees. Can’t believe I missed the obvious!

  59. Louise says:


    I got it without reading the answers but it took me WAY too long for what it was… *hangs head in shame*

    I think if I wasn’t told to look for an imperfection, it would have been quicker. Anybody know of a psychological reason for this?

  60. Anonymous says:

    the “penguin” is on top of the “zebra’s” back

  61. Hannah says:

    This illusion made me feel so stupid :) I started at it forever like “what, whats wrong with it.” then my brother came up behind me, took one look at it and was like “Why does that giraffe have zebra stripes on it” Boy did I feel stupid

  62. Scyfer says:

    It’s obvious guys. The zebra is in the shape of a giraffe. I got it right away.

  63. Anonymous says:

    I saw it the moment I glanced at my dashboard widget… but it’s a good trick =)

  64. Anonymous says:

    It’s a Gerebra!

  65. Anonymous says:

    omg!! that was like…really easy…(mayb cause we were learning about african animals in geog and that was just way to obvious)

  66. Anonymous says:

    Lol. made you look you dirty chook.

  67. BraDRoBBo says:

    Looking at the thumbnail after i read the title on my iGoogle, i was like “Hmm the legs?” almost instantly…. then i realised as i clicked the link to come to the main page – wtf, its obviously that its a Giraffe-Zebra! =P..

    I think the question itself is what threw me, along with the fact that i’m used to seeing illusions and such from moillusions. If someone had have asked me “What’s wrong in/with this picture” I’d have just given the answer straight, easily… its where the image was posted and the question was asked though ;) (and how it was asked :D) – rather than “Find the Mistake” =D

    Great post i liked it thanks! =D

  68. Anonymous says:

    is that a toy?

  69. Anonymous says:

    I my god, i just wrote that is’t a toy, I just got it, I must be reaaaaaaaaaaalllyyy tired because i didn’T saw it at all, niccce one! your line telling to ask myself works because when I tryed, a had a total block, lol

  70. Shayle says:


    that’s funny. XD

  71. kajojone says:

    hmm, its ok not great but ok, and id call that thing a zeraffe.

  72. UltraPulse says:

    Nobody noticed also the rear legs?

    If you look at the feet, the 2D front leg looks like the right rear leg, but it actually is the left rear leg.

    Best regards,

  73. Story3 says:

    A Big ostrich on the girafe :-)

  74. MrPZS says:

    dont exist a
    giraffe with zebra marks

  75. MrPZS says:

    dont exists a
    giraffe with the mark and colour of a zebra

  76. Therese says:

    i don’t see the penguin, no matter how hard i look…. i see random patches on the zebra but it doesn’t look like a penguin….

  77. Anonymous says:

    I see the penguin too. It’s on the Girrbra’s back.

  78. Anonymous says:

    I don’t doubt that you can breed such a Zebraffe nowadays though.

  79. grappina says:

    è una zebra? è una giraffa? ahahahaha!
    ciao ;)

  80. Anonymous says:

    It didn’t take me looonnng to figure out.

  81. Anonymous says:

    I think it has something to do with the legs ;)

  82. Anonymous says:

    Where is the Penguin?!

    I can’t see it!

  83. Sean says:

    Lol, the penguin is cute!

  84. Anonymous says:

    This is phantastic “instinker”


  85. Anonymous says:

    Well, duh. It’s so obvious.
    The Zebra’s neck is too long.

  86. FaQ says:

    I don’t know why, but I find that simply hilarious!! Especially after my younger brother got frustrated and started ranting about mind control using illusory lies and whatnot…

  87. Anonymous says:

    there is no penguin.
    anyone that didn’t notice this needs to take a retard test to see if they are a retard or not.

  88. Anonymous says:

    instantly noticeable !

  89. Danny says:

    LOL – I looked at the original picture, and my first thought was: “that’s not right.” XDD Aaaaaah, MOI is twisting our brain perceptions!! XD

  90. Whatzizname says:

    I stared so closely! Actually it’s obvious

  91. I LIKE WAFFLES says:


  92. Anonymous says:

    Hm, I dunno how anyone could not see that. :-\

  93. OuRaNoS says:

    Took it kinda long to see though, but when I jumped to the article, I found out the answer was right in front of me! Hehey… Fooled me. Keep ‘em coming!!!

  94. scottt says:

    I got it at onces, does that mean im smart???

  95. AlaskanAssassin says:

    I had my mind focused on looking for like false legs or something else. It took me 30 seconds to figure out it was OBVIOUSLY a Giraffe photoshopped with zebra stripes…this is a good one.

  96. Katrina says:

    It’s not a zebra!! lol

  97. Anonymous says:

    wow how did the giraffe get those zebra stripes! was it painted, photoshoped, or was it just born like that (i doubt it was even close to being born like that) *unsure*

  98. Anonymous says:

    Hahah theres a penguiN!!!!!!!!! XD

  99. clark says:

    i see the penguin it is behind the animal, i think it is called a pengraffebra

  100. delta says:

    is it a bird ?
    is it a plane?
    it is a giraf
    with zebra marks.

  101. karen says:

    omg, it’s a giraffe with zebra stripes!! wtf??

  102. Elijah2200 says:


  103. Jazzy says:

    I saw the mistake at first glance, but my brother/mum both took a few minutes to get it.

    Also, is that a penguin on its back?

  104. Suad says:


  105. Its got 2 mistakes.
    1: the griaffe is black and white(like a zebra)
    2: look at the tail!

  106. kieran says:

    look at the tail OMG!!!

  107. Abrc08 says:

    cool! it’s a giraffe and a zebra! must be a gebra or a ziraffe?!?

  108. duncan says:

    So… where’s the illusion? I see a giraffe with photoshopped zebra stripes. Not anything illusory though. The tails seems to be a tail to me.

    Is there something more?

    And this does not help: “You did spot it, didn’t you? If not, just ask yourself …. what is the name of this animal?”

    This animal doesn’t have a name.

  109. wala says:

    ITS TAIL!!

  110. wala says:

    heres the link 2 the actual pic http://www.veeriku.tartu.ee/~ppensa/giraffe3.jpg LOOK AT THE TAIL!!! BIG DIFFERENCE!!!

  111. latte is my dog says: says:

    it looked normel then i im like WTF!!!!

  112. Soundwave217 says:

    is it a zirafe?
    or a gebra?
    or gibra?
    . . . .

  113. Janie says:

    The mistake is that it has zebra skin and not giraffe. http://www.veeriku.tartu.ee/~ppensa/giraffe3.jpg look at that and you will see… there is nothing wrong with the tail….

  114. Wow I to be honest nearly missed it but before I went to the helping question I saw that he he in fact changed the giraffe’s coat into that of a zebra. Very clever.

  115. littleladygoldie says:

    OMG! I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DUMB!!! it actually took me a while to figure out what was wrong with it!!!!

  116. unknown says:

    i just realized how dumb i can be
    i only spotted it after seeing the first comment

  117. Some dude says:

    Finally, the words of patrick star make sense. “HA HA HAHAHA IT’S A GIRAFFE!”

  118. muli says:

    That’s to easy to be serious…

  119. Jez says:

    It’s a ZIBRAFFE!

  120. My Mouth says:

    It’s the Air Canada owner’s pet’s pet’s horse’s pet’s dog’s pet.

  121. ella-the-person says:

    is it a giraffe with zebra skin or a zebra with a giraffes neck? I DONT KNOW!!! btw it will be a ziraffe or a gebra…

  122. tom says:

    Lol, i couldnt tell, then looked at the text at the bottom – ‘If not, just ask yourself …. what is the name of this animal?’ I said zebra then suddenly realised, lol

  123. Marlon says:


  124. Emily says:

    i thought it was normal here i am looking for whats wrong then i relized it had zebra stripes. surprise!

  125. Ember Mclain Fan says:


  126. Bruh says:

    Cool pic, but I would not really
    call it an “illusion” though.

  127. pukkie says:

    my friend did not see that right away it took him about 5 mins..

  128. ferret says:

    Wait! two tails?

  129. Fae says:

    i saw the mistake the first glance i had because i thought it was obvious! :D

  130. jenny LOL! says:

    ……. very easy illusion though… but its cool

  131. Karlie says:

    I wish movies would put optical illusions in them and in the end say did you spot it?

  132. ?????????? says:

    a zebra and a giraffe were mating and it had both dna when it was born so it had a shape of a giraffe and stripes of a zebra

  133. ?????????????????????????????????????????? says:

    as soon as i saw ask yourself what is this animal? i instantly said ZEBRA!

  134. cometrudolph says:

    lol is it the giraffe that is the mistake or is it the zebra?

  135. emma says:

    haha i love the caption

  136. kelly says:

    lol i was like, its the hips and shoulders! then i’m like……. waaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiittttttttt ahaha

  137. Holly says:

    I didn’t see anything wrong with it, until I read the little hint at the bottom. I can’t believe I was THAT stupid.

  138. Azn Girl says:

    What would you call that? A ziraffe?

  139. xP says:

    I didn’t see it at first sight, but when I had read the text I saw that ear, haha! :)

  140. o.i.e. says:

    wow few say that it has stripes of a zebra look at it!

  141. Quinty says:

    I feel stupid that I didn’t see that the animal hasn’t got the right colours.. -_____-

  142. ogie says:

    the color is for zebra…. but its actually a giraffe… haha

  143. shaan says:

    I found the penguin!

  144. jack says:

    these animals are now extinct i believe the last known
    specimen died in a german zoo in late 1880s they were
    known as quaggas look it up

  145. Ed says:

    it must be a female Zebraff….no Occicones!

  146. Jellyjo says:

    helllllooooooo people in America and wherever else you’re from. LEARN YOUR AFRICAN ANIMALS. sheesh.
    and no, not a quagga. a quagga is a donkey and zebra. look it up ;)

  147. lunlun says:

    PEOPLE wake up! I mean, how dumb is this quest ? :3
    first of all this is NOT a zebra it’s a giraffe ! you can tell by the shape of the head (tiny corns on top) , second, the giraffe is in a zebra skin, third, yea, there’s a penguin on top of the giraffe’s back -_-’

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