Wildlife photographer’s optical illusion of two zebras divides the internet

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An image of two zebras taken by a wildlife photographer that creates a bizarre optical illusion is giving people a headache after going viral on Twitter.

Sarosh Lodhi, from Nagpur, India, travelled to Kenya to visit the Maasai Mara national game reserve is which recognised for its healthy population of animals including lions, African leopards, cheetahs and African bush elephants.

While capturing stunning images of the wildlife, it was a photo Sarosh snapped of two zebras that has gone viral, as reported by Bored Panda.

His friend, forest officer Parveen Kaswan, shared it on social media, challenging others to determine which of the two animals was facing the camera – and no one can agree.

The tweet has racked up more than 4,300 likes and 500 comments, with the caption: “Let’s see who can tell which Zebra is in front.”

One person replied: “The left one, going by the folds on his neck (probably because his head is tilted to his right). The right one doesn’t have folds on the neck indicating his face is hid straight behind the left zebra’s face.”

A second argued: “Looking at the ears only the left one can stand with the ears at this angle – for right it is impossible to rotate its ears the way in pic hence the correct answer is right.”

Another joked: “Difficult to say when it is zebra crossing.”

A fourth suggested: “Seems like head of a 3rd zebra standing in middle.”

Others were convinced the image had been edited to mess with our heads, but the man himself Sarosh has now provided a definitive answer.

He says the face looking directly into the lens of the camera belongs to the zebra on the left of the image.

All cleared up, right? Thought not.