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By on May 18, 2006, with 71 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.

Hidden Lion Optical Illusion


71 Responses
  1. Crissy says:

    its the first thing i saw..

  2. Sudarsan says:

    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.

  3. Neath says:

    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.

  4. mutz says:

    Saw the lion a first sight too

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

  5. ot oh says:

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

  6. Farted says:

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

  7. ste says:

    oh my god it was amazing

  8. milllemoon says:

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

  9. Hai says:

    what Crissy said

  10. djstupid says:

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

  11. lulu says:

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

  12. Rayne says:

    Saw it easily. and lulu’s right!

  13. PRITTYPINKPONIES!!!! says:

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

  14. Excite the exciting excite says:

    Too obvious.

  15. MMM says:

    somethings going on with that zebra

  16. Pingo says:

    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.

  17. M Pup says:

    Why hasnt he eaten the zebras,

  18. random says:

    theres also a snake

  19. SteakKnife04 says:

    so easy

  20. AthenaGiovanni says:

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

  21. woah says:

    it hit me like a load of bricks

  22. Anonymous says:

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

  23. Nicky "H" P. says:

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

  24. Anonymous says:

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

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  26. Anonymous says:

    thats magical

  27. Mary K. says:

    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.

  28. oh geez says:

    run zebras, run

  29. scottie says:

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

  30. I have no name says:

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

  31. i have no name says:

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

  32. katt says:

    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!

  33. MoOmOo says:

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

  34. sneezleweasle says:

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

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  36. Anonymous says:

    thats really cool

  37. Anonymous says:

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


  38. Poppy says:

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

    cool illusion though

  39. rita says:

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

  40. Anonymous says:

    the loin pops out

  41. treehouse43 says:

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

  42. Anonymous says:

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

  43. Anonymous says:

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

  44. Jessica says:

    Saw it right after the front two zebras looked weird

  45. Catgirl ( Liv ) says:

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

  46. so it. is he called simba? LOL

  47. thetechnogirl says:

    ya coool lion, the last kid posted on me bday

  48. bob says:

    i dnt seee the lion!!!!

  49. purplepeopleeater says:

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

  50. purplepeopleeater says:

    thats really funny i love these things i saw it imedeitally

  51. Kris says:

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

  52. Wiggele says:

    i saw it before reading :)

  53. nj, says:

    really easy

  54. Emily says:

    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

  55. altason says:

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

  56. Clarisa says:

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

  57. me ;) says:

    i saw the lion first :O

  58. Star says:

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

  59. Rhiannon says:

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

  60. not a very good hiden lion iz it?

  61. aym says:

    nothing but vane

  62. Jace says:

    Not hard at all :P

  63. blerp says:

    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

  64. Bra says:

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

  65. Becky says:

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

  66. ClassicalMusicDjGD says:

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

  67. glittergirl says:

    Saw it before i even read the discription.

  68. Tween Owl says:

    same as most people, first thing i saw

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