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By on May 18, 2006, with 72 Comments

If you stare long enough at the image below, a face of a lion should hit you in the face, surprise! No wonder these zebras look so worried – they must be aware there’s a lion spying on them. The image is work of Donald Rust, and is called “Hidden Lion”,… obiously.

  • Crissy

    its the first thing i saw..

    • Danielle


  • Sudarsan

    I realised that one doesn’t need to stare long enough. Just know that there is a lion there and peer through half-closed eyes.

    • Moillusions lover

      Yeah I found it before looking at title it took like one sec…

  • Neath

    Strangely the lion was the first thing I saw, I had to through my eye (yes eye singular) out of focus in order to see the zebras clearly.

  • mutz

    Saw the lion a first sight too

    I think the description is a ‘spoiler’ cause then we know what to look for.

  • ot oh

    soz mutz but i dont agree wiv u coz i saw da lion b4 lookin at da description.

  • Farted

    Wow, that’s pretty groovy! Jk…. That is cool though.

  • ste

    oh my god it was amazing

  • milllemoon

    the front zebra is a bit of an odball which makes it kind of obvious but pretty awesome anyroad

  • Hai

    what Crissy said

  • djstupid

    I saw it in only 1 second.It was so easy for me.

  • lulu

    i think the lions is easier to see than the zebras!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rayne

    Saw it easily. and lulu’s right!


    omg!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how is that not an illusioons guys???????????? that is INCREADISPBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!1 wow!

  • Excite the exciting excite

    Too obvious.

  • MMM

    somethings going on with that zebra

  • Pingo

    Kinda easy to spot since the middle zebra has a hole in its chest but its really nice art and a great illusion. Kudos to Rust.

  • M Pup

    Why hasnt he eaten the zebras,

  • random

    theres also a snake

  • SteakKnife04

    so easy

  • AthenaGiovanni

    I saw it right away just like the bean man…awsome.

  • woah

    it hit me like a load of bricks

  • Anonymous

    it was so easy i saw the lion i soon as it poped up.

  • Nicky "H" P.

    very first thing i saw. soon as the page loaded the pic.

  • Anonymous

    you can see a bird sitting on top of on of da zebras….and sumhow da burd is strped

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  • Anonymous

    thats magical

  • Mary K.

    It’s obvious. It’s so obivious that I can’t even see where one zebra ends and the other starts around the “Hidden Lion”

    Pretty awesome though.

  • oh geez

    run zebras, run

  • scottie

    I had to look hard to see the zebras (just kidding)

  • I have no name

    I cant see anything BUT a lion- the eyes are so obvious! The zebras were the second thing I saw

  • i have no name

    HAHAHAHA! I get it now! The eyes are zebra ears! (boy is my face red…)

  • katt

    That was so EASY! The lion was the first thing I saw! After about 2-3 seconds, I realized there were some zebras…
    That’s so EASY! But it’s cute. I like it.

    But it was REALLY HARD recognizing each and every zebra and what each part belongs to what. I had no idea that the lion’s eyes were a zebra’s ears. Those are 2 big ears!

  • MoOmOo

    Sorry, but I saw it b4 i had even scrolld all the way down. Eee-a-sy.

  • sneezleweasle

    The first things I saw was the lions lips then I worked my way up.

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  • Anonymous

    thats really cool

  • Anonymous

    To all those who’s still having a problem trying to figure out this illusion…


  • Poppy

    um i can’t really see the zebra… =S

    cool illusion though

  • rita

    the lion was the first thing that i saw. i didnt have stare at all.

  • Anonymous

    the loin pops out

  • treehouse43

    I just noticed the hidden zebra on the lions nose! that was the highlight for me

  • Anonymous

    Uh…That is kinda obvious…But thats cool Its interesting…?

  • Anonymous

    Sorry,but this was a weak attempt at an illusion. Nice painting thou…

  • Jessica

    Saw it right after the front two zebras looked weird

  • Catgirl ( Liv )

    AWESOME!!!! I LOVE LIONS!!!!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com The Lion king kid

    so it. is he called simba? LOL

  • thetechnogirl

    ya coool lion, the last kid posted on me bday

  • bob

    i dnt seee the lion!!!!

  • purplepeopleeater

    that is really funny i love these things i saw it imedeitaly

  • purplepeopleeater

    thats really funny i love these things i saw it imedeitally

  • http://pdfrogshelp.wordpress.com Kris

    HOLY CRAP! I stared at the center cuz I saw the mane… and then wham!

    • dragon lord4204

      that is wicked it took like 1 sec theni saw it

  • Wiggele

    i saw it before reading :)

  • nj,

    really easy

  • Emily

    I only saw the lion’s face and then I spent ages trying to see the zebras behind it, because I couldn’t un-see the lion xD

  • altason

    i looked at the chest at the zebra in the center and
    there it was if i look now i only see the lion

  • Clarisa

    I saw the lion the first sec i saw the picture it pretty kool to how the zebra was part of the lion face

  • me ;)

    i saw the lion first :O

  • Star

    How can I get this in poster size to frame??? Selling it anywhere?

  • Rhiannon

    Holy crap is that a lion or a zebra ???

  • http://www.youtube.com the annoying orange

    not a very good hiden lion iz it?

  • aym

    nothing but vane

  • Jace

    Not hard at all :P

  • blerp

    i didnt even read what it was all i did was look at the pic and straight away i saw the mouth and the eyes

  • Bra

    The stand out out i saw the lion the minute my eyes saw the pic i didnt even read it

  • Becky

    Ok I saw that straight away I didnt need to read it

  • ClassicalMusicDjGD

    aiyayaya.. :( that was soo easy. thanks though. :))

  • glittergirl

    Saw it before i even read the discription.

  • Tween Owl

    same as most people, first thing i saw

  • MasterPhotoshopHandalTerbaik

    if ya turn up side down da pic..theres 3 lions on this pic!!