Is This Viral Video Of A Rabbit-Like Bird Or A Bird-Like Rabbit?
By Mikelle Leow, 21 Aug 2019
Video screenshot via Imgur / Twitter
No animals were harmed in the sharing of this clip, but many brain cells were.
The internet has had its fair share of animals cosplaying as other creatures. First, there was the black cat posed as a crow, then came an actual crow appearing like a mini gorilla. The latest footage to baffle social media users is a video of either a rabbit or bird.
The clip, shared by biological psychiatry senior researcher Daniel Quintana from the University of Oslo in Norway, sees the enigmatic creature having its head rubbed.
“Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose,” Quintana tweeted, later confirming that he was using the power of suggestion so viewers would see a rabbit in the video.
While he was aware that the video depicted a bird, Quintana told CNET that he made the comment to “prime readers” into imagining a rabbit. “When you only see the beak in your peripheral vision, it really seems like they’re ears,” he explained. Without dishing out the “misleading cue,” though, he believed some would see a crow.
The “static bird/rabbit illusion” was introduced by psychologist Joseph Jastrow in 1899 to illustrate the phenomenon, Quintana added. After coming across the video on Imgur, he was reminded of the trick and decided to share it on Twitter.
Quintana later confirmed that the creature in the video was a bird—a “white-necked raven” or Corvid, to be exact.
Rabbits love getting stroked on their nose pic.twitter.com/aYOZGAY6kP— Dan Quintana 🐰 (@dsquintana) August 18, 2019
That is not a rabbit, it is indeed a Corvid. Notice the nictitating membrane when it blinks. Instead of moving up and down, it sweeps across the eye horizontally like a windscreen wiper and is translucent.— Greta GG (@GretaGarbolini) August 19, 2019
[via New York Post, cover image via Imgur / Twitter]
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