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I was just counting all the recent zebra optical illusions. Can you believe there were more than dozen? If you don’t believe me, use the search box in the sidebar. It’s amazing how our archive has grown in the past 4 years. You only realize this when you think of an uncommon animal like zebra for example, and realize that only this particular animal has appeared more than few times on this site. I’m scared to even make a humble guess how often we mentioned more traditional animals; like dogs, wolves and horses. Enough babbling, your newest assignment should be more than easy – all you have to do is spot the third in this optical illusion image below. Don’t check the following link if you want to do it on your own. If you still have problems seeing it, get a hint over here.

Where is The Third?


184 Responses
  1. zebra chick says:

    I get it!!! lol it says THIRD in the zebras stripes!!!

  2. Kevin says:

    huh? I just can’t see it. Am I blind?

  3. Anonymous says:

    ha ha thats funny, but cool, btw 1st???

  4. Mandy says:

    This one has me stumped? I need a hint of what I am looking for.

  5. Anonymous says:


  6. Anonymous says:

    Took me ages… Even with the tiger hint…

    Far out


  7. Bini says:

    haha spent 20mins looking for it,… then pow.. thanks for posting

  8. MODernGamers says:

    That is just evil! I had to read all comments in that tiger one to figure out what exactly I had to look for.

  9. Anonymous says:

    haha i’m so stupid, took me a while!
    but it’s very fun!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Okay now what abou this a optical illusion? I only see two zebra’s whose stripes line up

  11. Anonymous says:


  12. OcRaM-72 says:

    I don`t no maybe the shadow?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Oooh I got it – very nice and sneaky :)

  14. cilnia says:

    I don’t really like this type of “illusion” it’s easy to see, but just… not impressive.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Very similar to “The Hidden Tiger” illusion. :)

  16. Anonymous says:

    Ha. I probably wouldn’t have gotten it without the hint. :P Clever, I guess. :)

  17. Anonymous says:

    I love zebras!!!! And I too can’t believe how many times they’ve been used. The illusion is cool.

    also first :)

  18. Brittany says:

    I dont see the 3rd one

  19. HLMeeks says:

    Like the TIGER! What fun!

  20. David says:

    O that wasn’t what I was expecting good illusion

  21. kenny says:

    I can see a hoof on the side of the female?Maybe she is going to give BIRTH.

  22. Makrem Ayari says:

    I see the “THIRD”, this is not easy!

  23. Anonymous says:

    right there in the middle

  24. Babs says:

    Cute. Very clever!

  25. mas says:

    found it!

  26. I Luv The Teen Titans! says:

    I found the third optical illusion! (literally)
    That was quick, I got it in four seconds

    think “hidden tiger”

  27. Thias Esseboom says:

    Yeey i found it :)

  28. Tim's Movie Site says:

    Try as I might, I cannot see the third Zebra… and the hint didn’t help…

  29. Tim's Movie Site says:

    AHA! I see it!

  30. pyro_fanatic69 says:

    I found it. Pretty easy if you know what you are looking for.

  31. Filit says:

    haha nice one :P

  32. Anonymous says:

    Crap Spoiled it! Sorry guys…

  33. Mizz Narnia xx says:

    Ah so your playing it tricky are ya?
    Well i can see it.


    all is not what it seems…….

    P.S. in first five?

  34. sai C says:

    The first one you can see clearly. it’s closest to you. The second one, is probably bending down for the grass so you cant see it’s head. the third one is off at a distance walking to the camera.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Found it..
    Nice one

  36. Lory says:

    I don’t see the third!!

  37. Anonymous says:

    OMG that was awesome! I loved it! also liked the tiger. i couldn’t find it and then BAM i see it. i showed it to my sister and she couldn’t find it so i showed her and she smiled. Love ur website (first?)

  38. Elizabeth says:

    um, I’m pretty sure there are just two Zebras… but I’ll check the hint, just in case.

  39. Eunice says:

    lol nice!!!!
    i don’t think i could have figured it out without looking at the hint though.

    but the third is in the zebra stripes lol
    i love this site btw

    first comment???

  40. Shannon says:

    It looks as though it might be hidden within the zebra in the foreground, that zebra is a little long. however, I cannot find the division line from the two of them nor can I find the third set of legs. I think this is the first time ever that I might be FIRST!!!

  41. Carla says:

    I can’t find it. :(

  42. Euclid's Brother says:

    Cool.. unfortuanlly, I had to look at the Hidden Tiger illusion before i got this one..

    First Post?

  43. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately I had to use the hint. It’s kinda like finding out how a magic trick works. Soooo obvious.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Wow, I wasn’t expecting that. I was looking all around the trees until I realized where it was! The wording in your paragraph can be taken either way, too.

  45. Tripudelops says:

    ah, clever.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Wow when I knew what I was looking for I finally saw it. I sat here for 5 minutes and even looked at other pictures to see if they could help me. And the last time I got back to the picture it just jumped off the page at me!!! Excellent Illusion I love this site I have it as an App on my home page so I check it out everyday. Thank you and keep up the good work.

  47. Anony-Moose says:

    Sweet! Just like the Hidden Tiger.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Found it. Not the easiest, I had to look at the hint. But nice illusion.

  49. Hio says:

    into the mother zebra… XP

  50. James says:

    I really don’t see it O.o

  51. James says:

    I see it! the third is the last head because the second zebra’s body is too small to have that long neck.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Got it! But I needed some time. Nice one

  53. Anonymous says:

    Found it ! keep up the good work .

  54. Anonymous says:

    is it pregnant?! im confused

  55. PBS says:

    The head in the middle is looking very straight. So there cannot be a lump on its neck which is visible. so if you see the lump as the third zebra, you might even see an eye there.
    However, I am not sure about this. Can anyone confirm?

  56. Eddie says:

    We don’t care if u had to use the hint where is the freakin’ zebra

  57. Anonymous says:

    the third zebra is not the tumor looking thing on the back of the second zebras neck nor are either of them pregnat look for hidden messages and what are usuallly on a message…

  58. Anonymous says:

    i cant see it can someone please explain ? :(

  59. Schnallity says:

    Funny! As soon as you said there was a hint I remembered the Hidden Tiger, and suddenly the answer appeared!

  60. Cel'eena Cree says:

    ha! i tried looking at the tiger one first and couldn’t get it. was really winding me up. then i looked back at the zebra and found the third. looked back at the tiger and got it right away. i feel stupid for not noticing it before!

  61. Shal says:

    oooh now I see it! cool^^
    is not pregnant! for those who r struggling, hint: maybe you r looking for the wrong thing, remember u r looking for the third.

  62. Alberto says:

    the hint is harder to find that this lol but its just like james said the second zebra is looking to the trees in the background and then the head belong to the third one

  63. Tory says:

    GREAT! just like the hidden tiger!

  64. ari says:

    lol found it strait away! but nice!

  65. Anonymous says:

    it is not pregnant and there are two zebras there. that last sentence will tell you if you are right AND it gave you a major hint.

  66. Anonymous says:

    Very clever!

    For those who haven’t found it yet…think outside the square.

  67. mork sjokolade says:

    i get it. had to look at the hint and was confused over that one forever, then… boom… got them both. i like the challenging clever ones like this. anyone stuck, think outside the box.

  68. Anonymous says:

    It’s basically like telling someone to say mississippi and spell it. Correct answer I-T.

  69. Anonymous says:

    lol just like the hidden tiger one! cute! For those who want a hint: look at the stripes….lol

  70. Dan says:

    thats cool i used the hint.

  71. Anonymous says:

    Good one, but I had to look at THE HIDDEN TIGER pic first….which took me FOREVER to see. I was to busy looking for something I thought I SHOULD see rather then seeing the obvious. Keep them comeing I have your site on my homepage and checkout the new pics everyday!!

  72. Anonymous says:


  73. Donna says:

    Look for what you are told to look for. Carefully read what is written :)
    Thanks for all the illusions! I show them to my 5-8 grade art students and they LOVE them!

  74. Anonymous says:

    near the tail on the far right the trees make a zebra head

  75. Snip3r says:

    This is exactly like the “Hidden Tiger Illusion”. Look closely at the stripes……..

  76. Alex says:

    lol got it after reading all the confused and smart peoples comment ..lol now i wanna see the hidden tiger one!

  77. Anonymous says:

    OMG that took me SOO long lol even after looking at the HINT i still couldnt find it but then i realised what it meant lol….i srsly took about 10 minutes on that one XD lol

  78. mike says:

    just lol… especially when u c it

  79. Anonymous says:

    cheeky buggers…

  80. Anonymous says:

    ?! I dont get it where is the third

  81. tarunark says:

    ha ha,
    “Third” thats all i could read!

    so if thats the zebra in front is marked as third, then where are the first and second ;)

  82. Anonymous says:

    if you can find the hidden tiger, the third stands out like a sore thumb.

  83. Anonymous says:

    “oo..OOO..OOOO” that was literally what i said when I found it.. xD

  84. Anonymous says:

    It took me a while but I got it.
    ******Spoiler allert******
    You are not looking for a third zebra, but the word THIRD. It is in the stripes of the foremost zebra.

  85. Paco Ramírez says:

    Hehe, found the “third”. Good one.

  86. Anonymous says:

    I don’t get it..

  87. K-milk says:

    Ohh crap!!
    I could not find this for my life!!
    Nice one

  88. Detective Kitty says:

    I don’t want to spoil it for people but here’s a clue, your not looking for a zebra…that’s all and read the title of the article again if you still have trouble…lol…I couldn’t figure it out at first…

  89. Gary says:

    Thanks Zebra Chick!
    I had all but given up!

  90. Anonymous says:

    The word ‘third’ is written in the zebra’s stripes.

  91. Anonymous says:

    haha i had been looking for over 2 hours and i still couldn’t find it after that i gave up and i remembered a task to do on the Zebra so i printed it out and i was just gluing it when i saw the third i can’t believe how easy it was

  92. Anonymous says:

    Haha…that was hard…Its not even a zebra..
    Hint: THIRD :-) haha

    clever & cutee

  93. Anonymous says:

    As soon as sebra chick said Zebra stripes I got it :P
    Otherwise I would have been here all morning.

  94. bum buum says:

    When i see the “The Hidden Tiger”i simply understands lol

  95. martin.lagac says:

    Lol but there`s a part green at the neck of the back zebra….i thougt the second is leaning his head down behind the body of the first and you just see the head of the third one….but thats also an solution…xD

  96. Whatzizname says:

    Haha! Very funny. So unexpected. No wonder it took me a day and night tpo figure it out, I am so dumb.

  97. Anonymous says:

    LOL very funny, I see word THIRD in the stripes and I can also see how there are 3 Zebra’s

  98. Pondererererer says:

    ok, i mite b spoiling it, but do u notice how the little blurb at the top just says, “the third”????

  99. Shannon says:

    I found being number 42 after I thought i moght be first was hilarious!!!

  100. Anonymous says:


  101. crazyyboyy says:

    Ha I’ve stared at the answer for ages not seeing it but seeing 1 letter but mis-interpriting it as the saying goes the eye sees what the mind wants it to see. I wanted to see one thing and couldn’t see the truth staring me in the eye because I didnt expect to see it :)

  102. Anonymous says:

    What about a fourth? Is one of the zebras pregnant??

  103. Anonymous says:

    oh… awsome. im gonna see if my friends get it
    LOLZ! i got slow friends! they wont be able to find it.
    but i’ll see how long it takes them to figure it out!

  104. Anonymous says:

    o gosh i was so dumb i thought there was acutually a ZEBRA.
    and it wasnt. great. i was kinda disappointed

  105. Anonymous says:

    ha. couldn’t see it till i went on the tiger but then got it in seconds.

  106. Anonymous says:

    looked at this pic for like five min but I got it without the cheats thanks for the pic..

  107. Anonymous says:

    found it in 2 seconds.

  108. Anonymous says:

    Hehe i was about to get out the mangnifying glass, then i understood how dense i had been…..awesome

  109. danni says:

    WOW that was something, I cant wait to see the tiger one!

  110. me says:

    I don’t get it.

  111. me says:

    oh come on. i just got it. that was dumb.

  112. Denny says:

    Lol I get it. They make the number 3 right?

  113. Don says:

    how cool is that

  114. BUNTY says:

    THAILAND……….Written on the Front Zebra

  115. chris says:

    i found it in like 5 seconds lol
    cause i thought of the tiger illusion

  116. jessica says:

    haha i found it like 2 seconds its so cute tho i love zebras

  117. Lydia says:

    Wow, I feel really stupid- I looked at this one right after the hidden tiger one, so it should have been easy. =.= I’m such an idiot.

    Pretty good, though :)

  118. max says:


  119. vickers says:

    i like your thinking, max

  120. Cpt. Awesome says:

    that was really cool, I saw the tiger one before though.

  121. Noone says:

    It’s the Third, not the third ;)

  122. ru serial says:

    Once you figure one of these out the idea gets tired.

  123. conans_boy says:

    The “third” is in the strips

  124. Mitchell says:

    i uasally don’t get illusions right away but that one was pretty easy

  125. nadineee says:

    wow when you find it you sure feel dumb

  126. littleladygoldie says:

    nadineee, i sure did… =(

  127. tacos says:

    wow i wonder if their are real animals like that

  128. jade says:

    :) sooo coooool i was looking for a zebra lamo :D !! funny stuff :P

  129. sex says:

    oooh yeah thats good stuff as in bed

  130. anonymous says:

    danny, its not that they make a three if turned sideways, but the stripes spell Third

  131. Az says:

    This reminds me of a XKCD comic where they say “communicating badly then acting smug when you’re misunderstood is not cleaverness.”

    Found it, it’s “Words that end in GRY”, 169.

    For those that haven’t got it. The word “third” is written on the front / right zebra’s stripes along it’s neck.

    I personally thought of a pregnant zebra, which would have been at least more sensible.

  132. qwerty master says:

    HA! took me ages to find it! i was actually looking for the ACTUAL zebra but then it hit me!

  133. Izzie says:

    Pregnant possibly?

  134. Rafael says:

    it says THIRD on the stripes

  135. Ricardo says:


  136. DieXT says:

    I feel like a dump!! wow. that easy was?

  137. Berubird says:

    Wow…i couldn’t have done it with out z tiger comment!

  138. vaily says:

    I’ve seen third one that is on the lefthand side on the tree.

  139. vaily says:

    third one is wathing them at the moment

  140. Sofia Antonia Milone says:

    This is kind of lame. I was hoping for an ACTUAL zebra, hidden in all their stripes… Boo.

  141. Rai says:

    OMG “THIRD” is written on the front zebra!!

  142. bob says:


  143. Tatiana says:

    wow! that took about 10 minutes!

  144. horse says:

    ohhhhhhh, i had to get help from the comments so i was looking for third wriiten as 3rd when i looked at the tiger one i relized how blonde i am. lol XD

  145. Nan says:

    I get it now. I was looking so hard for the zebra. I stared for like 10 minutes. Then I looked at the pattern of the stripes and was like, well I feel kinda dumb. XD

  146. Thundersong says:

    THat is odd

  147. kevin says:

    One of the zebras has its head down behind the second, and the third zebra is (roughly) at right angles to the other two.

  148. NNEKA says:

    LOL!!!! Awesome.

  149. vincent says:

    haha,,, thats very funny,, reading others comments saying theyve got it,, lols,, buts its cool,, i like this one,, \m/

  150. Anas says:

    Haha that’s neat. So you’re not actually looking for a third zebra. Man this effs with my brain.

  151. The Brain says:

    This is a riddle not an optical illusion. It is simple word play. Calling it an optical illusion is very misleading and untrue thus rendering it a waste of time. Thus saith The Brain.

  152. press the over here botton then what happend?

  153. Conor says:

    It is not so much as a riddle or a optical illusion so much as just looking for the meaning of the word in the title (if you want to find it for yourself don’t read on) the strips on the zebra says third like it says where is the third not a third zebra but the word

  154. Yames says:

    There are theebra thirds all over the grassth.

  155. Anonomous says:

    I thought that the second zebra’s head was actually BEHIND the first one, and the farther zebra head was the third zebra’s…

  156. shynn says:

    i saw the word THIRD on the front zebra’s strips… that was the question… where’s the THIRD… not the third zebra…

  157. Heather says:

    Shes pregnant

  158. Cindy says:

    the word THIRD on the zebra. its hidden on the front zebra. just look closely.

  159. dharmendra says:

    third one is the shadow


  161. Doh! This reminds me of the man in the coffee bean one (if you haven’t seen it, google it!) I thought that one was some sort of trick with the graphics file, but apparently not – can’t say the same for this one! Fave comment above: the one about the ‘thirds’ all over the grass (!)

  162. Yes, one of them is pregnant. Zebras only have one foal at a time. I think it’s just a coincidence one of them appears to have the word ‘Third’ on it ;)

  163. Mizella says:

    LOL! I saw it. It is hidden in the bush. Look closely. (:

  164. aurelio says:

    the third is the zebra’s stripes

  165. Butch V. says:

    Lol nice word play :P

  166. MeEgAn GaLaNtE says:

    When it said Where is the third they literally meant the “Third” Like the word Third is in the zebra facing left.

  167. dan says:

    its in the neck of the zebra.

  168. mrscorcher1 says:

    the stripes say third and also 1 of the zebras look pregnant

  169. mmmm124 says:

    The title says where is the third and the third is on the neck of the front zebra

  170. Elizabeth says:

    Ha ha. Where is the third. Very funny.

    I love riddle illusions…

  171. hahaha. and THAT is funny. at first i thought the third one was inside the zebra. like, she looked pregnant. xD thats funny.

  172. halo4skyrim says:

    One is behind the zebra, it looks like it’s the head of the other zebra, but look closely, the head behind the big zebra is the third zebra.

  173. Cynthia says:

    The third one is holding the camera….

  174. clues says:

    Easy once you spot it! It took me awhile.

  175. AiYuki says:

    Not really favoring this type of “word trick illusion”, it’s like using twins in a detective novel without letting readers aware of it in the beginnig — unfair illusion…

  176. Cool guy says:

    It says third in the stripes!

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