A photo of a pile of logs in a forest is circulating online as internet users attempt to spot a hidden cat. Although seemingly ordinary, the image contains a feline that is almost impossible to see, such is its camouflage capacity. The picture was first shared on Reddit, accompanied by the caption “When you see it!”.
Users have been challenged to use their sharp eyes to detect the fluffy partner, with instructions to scan the scene from top to bottom. The secret is to zero in on the stack of logs in the middle of the picture and move upwards until the animal becomes visible atop the pile, snuggling against the first log.
Once the cat is finally spotted, viewers are left in disbelief at how well it was concealed, and soon sharing the image and commenting. It’s not the only recent online ‘spot the cat’ challenge; another testing observation skills features a black-and-white photo of a cityscape with a hidden feline lurking between the buildings.
The latest image was posted online for fun, but it does mirror a real-world problem facing global conservationists. It’s notoriously difficult to spot elusive cats living in the wild. Natural camouflage, their nocturnal habits and a tendency to hide in remote or difficult-to-reach locations make leopard and tiger tracking a difficult task. To keep numbers stable or prevent them from decreasing, scientists rely on camera traps and satellite imaging to track, monitor and protect the creatures from poaching and habitat loss.