In case you are wondering if this is a dog or some other creature, read on to find out.
Most people love looking at goofy videos and cute pictures of pets. Dogs, especially, are a bundle of energy and love who can lift our spirit even on a dull day with their adorable antics. They just need to run around and be their silly happy selves for us to watch them endlessly and feel entertained. If the number of dog videos and online feeds is anything to go by, we can safely say our canine friends our humankind's collective soulmates.
However, every once in a while, something so bizarre and out of the blue comes up that just can't be explained. This picture of a dog is one such phenomenon. It left viewers searching their head, all the while worrying if they were looking at something they would later regret knowing the details of.
The general reaction seems to be that of horror and shock. Even those who looked at it long enough couldn't figure out what was going on here. "I’ve been looking at this picture for a good minute now and I still can’t understand what the fuck is going on," said one user. He really wasn't alone in his misery over this optical illusion that seems to have turned people over their heads.
The image was originally shared on Reddit by a user called Fatchine. One Reddit user commented on the photo saying, "My first thought was, "why is there a meat sack with legs and how is it alive". And they were not alone in not realizing that this was an image of a dog. Another user said it was a "headless mutant dog enjoying the sunny weather."
"I didn’t even understand what’s going on with the dog," said another Reddit user. This is despite the picture being captioned "Three-legged dog licking his back."
There was one person who decided to figure out the puzzle visually by drawing a pair of eyes and the missing limb. That just made it weirder.
Then, someone gave it one googly eye. Nope, that didn't make sense either.
However, one person with sage wisdom finally decoded it. "Front right leg is the one missing. Dog's head is stretched/bent over to the left to lick his back. [The] shot is taken with a focus on where the leg was amputated, with the dog's body hiding his head from view," they said. While this person used his words to explain, another made it easier to finally get what the hell was going on by sketching it and showing the other side of the picture.
This finally helped people wrap their heads around what they were looking at, but just to appease the people, the original Reddit user who had posted the image, shared an image of the actual dog.
We can imagine the collective heave of sigh that happened once they saw the adorable fellow all cute and dressed up in checks. One person commented on the image saying, "I hope his name is sherlock." The tiny tweed coat makes the dog seem ready for some sleuthing.
This is not the only dog photo that has given us countless hours of confusion. Here are some more for you that can puzzle you as much.
This really messed with my head for a few minutes before I realised pic.twitter.com/HiFaDG6DCy— Lesley (@dancingfool75) February 3, 2020
This picture of a crow is interesting because...it's actually a cat pic.twitter.com/dWqdnSL4KD— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) October 28, 2018