Optical illusions can be quite addicting. It’s fun to unveil a hidden picture amongst lines, colors, and shapes, but sometimes it can be very challenging and leave you quite frustrated. The latest and greatest of these optical illusions has a special message hidden inside but it’s so hard to see that only 1 in 10 people is able to spot it. If you consider yourself good at these types of illusions, then give it a try, but don’t get too discouraged if you can’t see it…
There is a reason why the designer chose this particular pattern and he deserves credit for his creativity in spreading a very important message. If you can see a giant panda amongst all the black and white lines, then your eyes are working correctly and you have conquered this optical illusion.
The image was created to draw attention to the black and white panda, which is an endangered species. Much in the same way that the species is disappearing, one wrong movement of your eyes will make the image disappear. The illusions author is on a mission to bring awareness of the endangered species.
As a result of farming, deforestation, and other development in the mountainous regions of central China, the panda bear has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once thrived. The giant panda, which is considered a conservation reliant vulnerable species is disappearing, much in the same way it does in the illusion when your eyes move just slightly. As of 2014, 49 living pandas were said to be living in captivity outside of China, taking up residents in 18 zoos in 13 different countries. As far as the estimation for wild panda bears, the estimates vary greatly, however; the latest guess was that 1,590 were living in the wild. The species was changed from “endangered” to “vulnerable” in 2016 when the IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) deemed that the information backed up the name change.
Giant pandas are known as solitary creatures and spend their lives roaming and feeding in the bamboo forest. Females can be fairly territorial and they don’t like other females in their designated range. The only time that pandas generally socialize is during the brief breeding season and after the male impregnates the female, he generally leaves her to raise the cub on her own. Because of the massive size of the giant panda bear, they don’t typically feel threatened by other herbivores and can hold their own. And while the panda is usually depicted as a fun loving cuddly animal, it has been known to attack humans, more out of irritation than aggression. Oftentimes when pandas are seen in zoos, they appear to be social creatures rolling around in their enclosure with their other furry friends and their cuteness prevents them from being viewed as anything but gentle and docile.
The author behind the panda illusion is using his talent to promote awareness for this beautiful creature that is being forced out of his habitat. And while the illusion may be stumping some, we hope that it is also spreading the word about the animal’s vulnerability.