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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.

  • zebra chick

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

  • Kevin

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Mandy

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

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Took me ages… Even with the tiger hint…

    Far out


  • Bini

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

  • MODernGamers

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous


  • OcRaM-72

    I don`t no maybe the shadow?

  • Anonymous

    Oooh I got it – very nice and sneaky :)

  • cilnia

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

    also first :)

  • Brittany

    I dont see the 3rd one

  • HLMeeks

    Like the TIGER! What fun!

  • David

    O that wasn’t what I was expecting good illusion

  • kenny

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

  • Makrem Ayari

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

  • Anonymous

    right there in the middle

  • Babs

    Cute. Very clever!

  • mas

    found it!

  • I Luv The Teen Titans!

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

    think “hidden tiger”

  • Thias Esseboom

    Yeey i found it :)

  • Tim’s Movie Site

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

  • Tim’s Movie Site

    AHA! I see it!

  • pyro_fanatic69

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

  • Filit

    haha nice one :P

  • Anonymous

    Crap Spoiled it! Sorry guys…

  • Mizz Narnia xx

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


    all is not what it seems…….

    P.S. in first five?

  • sai C

    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.

  • Anonymous

    Found it..
    Nice one

  • Lory

    I don’t see the third!!

  • Anonymous

    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?)

  • Elizabeth

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

  • Eunice

    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???

  • Shannon

    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!!!

  • Carla

    I can’t find it. :(

  • Euclid’s Brother

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

    First Post?

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Tripudelops

    ah, clever.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anony-Moose

    Sweet! Just like the Hidden Tiger.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Hio

    into the mother zebra… XP

  • James

    I really don’t see it O.o

  • James

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

  • Anonymous

    Got it! But I needed some time. Nice one

  • Anonymous

    Found it ! keep up the good work .

  • Anonymous

    is it pregnant?! im confused

  • PBS

    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?

  • Eddie

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

  • Anonymous

    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…

  • Anonymous

    i cant see it can someone please explain ? :(

  • Schnallity

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

  • Cel’eena Cree

    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!

  • Shal

    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.

  • Alberto

    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

  • Tory

    GREAT! just like the hidden tiger!

  • ari

    lol found it strait away! but nice!

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

    Very clever!

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

  • mork sjokolade

    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.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Dan

    thats cool i used the hint.

  • Anonymous

    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!!

  • Anonymous


  • Donna

    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!

  • Anonymous

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

  • Snip3r

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

  • Alex

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

  • Anonymous

    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

  • mike

    just lol… especially when u c it

  • Anonymous

    cheeky buggers…

  • Anonymous

    ?! I dont get it where is the third

  • tarunark

    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 ;)

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Paco Ramírez

    Hehe, found the “third”. Good one.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get it..

  • K-milk

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

  • Detective Kitty

    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…

  • Gary

    Thanks Zebra Chick!
    I had all but given up!

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

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

    clever & cutee

  • Anonymous

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

  • bum buum

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

  • martin.lagac

    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

  • Whatzizname

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Pondererererer

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

  • Shannon

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

  • Anonymous


  • crazyyboyy

    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 :)

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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!

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    found it in 2 seconds.

  • Anonymous

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

  • danni

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

  • me

    I don’t get it.

  • me

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

  • Denny

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

  • Don

    how cool is that


    THAILAND……….Written on the Front Zebra

  • chris

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

  • jessica

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

  • http://www.insertcomplaininghere.blogspot.com/ Lydia

    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 :)

  • max


  • vickers

    i like your thinking, max

  • Cpt. Awesome

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

  • Noone

    It’s the Third, not the third ;)

  • ru serial

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

  • conans_boy

    The “third” is in the strips

  • Mitchell

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

  • nadineee

    wow when you find it you sure feel dumb

  • littleladygoldie

    nadineee, i sure did… =(

  • tacos

    wow i wonder if their are real animals like that

  • jade

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

  • sex

    oooh yeah thats good stuff as in bed

  • anonymous

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

  • Az

    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.

  • qwerty master

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

  • Izzie

    Pregnant possibly?

  • Rafael

    it says THIRD on the stripes

  • Ricardo


  • DieXT

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

  • Berubird

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

  • vaily

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

  • vaily

    third one is wathing them at the moment

  • Sofia Antonia Milone

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

  • Rai

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

  • bob


  • Tatiana

    wow! that took about 10 minutes!

  • horse

    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

  • Nan

    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

  • Thundersong

    THat is odd

  • kevin

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


    LOL!!!! Awesome.

  • vincent

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

  • Anas

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

  • The Brain

    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.

    • Bean

      dont be an ass wipe.

    • Your Mom

      If it’s such a waste of time, perhaps you shouldn’t reply. It would just waste more of your precious time. However, it’s not such a waste, as you probably have no life outside of the computer.

      Ass wipe.

    • http://www.ergoflex.co.uk/ mattress specialist

      its definitely on the neck of the zebra. I think its quite clever!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carlo-Miguel-Delos-Angeles/100000740350035 Carlo Miguel Delos Angeles

    press the over here botton then what happend?

  • Conor

    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

  • Yames

    There are theebra thirds all over the grassth.

  • Anonomous

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

  • shynn

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

  • Heather

    Shes pregnant

    • http://yeyey.i.ph yeyey

      LOL! I love this answer most! :D

  • Cindy

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

  • dharmendra

    third one is the shadow

  • http://www.moillusions.com/2006/09/how-many-bears.html SEXY MONSTER202


  • http://www.dormeo.co.uk Memory Foam Mattress Magic

    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 (!)

  • http://www.firstcrapitalconnect.co.uk First Capital Connect

    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 ;)

  • Mizella

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

    • Mike

      Yeah the third one and six more of them are hidding in the bushes!

    • gserrgse

      No it says third on the neck of the Zebra on the left

    • http://www.moillusions.com jordan

      hey you dumbasses that say its in the bushes you are blind look at the zebras neck tell me if you see the word “third” or not. sheesh

  • aurelio

    the third is the zebra’s stripes

  • http://butch-villarama.com Butch V.

    Lol nice word play :P

  • MeEgAn GaLaNtE

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

  • dan

    its in the neck of the zebra.

  • mrscorcher1

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

  • mmmm124

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

  • Elizabeth

    Ha ha. Where is the third. Very funny.

    I love riddle illusions…

  • http://moillusions.com ClassicalMusicDjGD

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

  • halo4skyrim

    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.

    • Harper

      No darling, the word “THIRD” is written in the neck of the zebra facing left…

  • Cynthia

    The third one is holding the camera….

  • clues

    Easy once you spot it! It took me awhile.

  • AiYuki

    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…

  • Cool guy

    It says third in the stripes!