Elephant Rock Formation Illusion

Before we dive into today’s piece, let me first distance myself a bit, and disclaim how I know nothing about it’s origins, where it is located, nor how it came to be. I’ve received this from an anonymous source claiming it’s an aerial shot of a rock formation that became viral lately. Because of the amazing similarity to an actual animal, I suspect it’s not real (as I think if it was, the news would reach me sooner). So be sure to take all this what I’ve just said into account before you proceed. More info would be more than welcome! This is why I’m always reluctant to post “Google Earth” illusions – either they’re too pareidolic, or too good to be true fake.

32 Replies to “Elephant Rock Formation Illusion”

  1. i think the trunk, ear and jaw are in part real, the rest was added in. a good photoshop – but thats all
    aw well… one time i saw snowing on the peak of a mountain – looked exactly like a polar bear!

  2. It seems like the real story is that it is the imprint of an elephant’s head in mud left while it was sleeping at Chester Zoo, UK.

  3. The picture is real, however it was taken at Chester Zoo, It is the
    imprint an elephant left after sleeping peacefully in the soft sand of its inside enclosure. Chester Zoo has one of the best breeding herds of Asian elephants in Europe and is world renowned for its excellent animal welfare. amazing picture!

  4. Hard to tell if it’s a topography shot from a satellite or a photo that is much closer (e.g. 3-4 feet away)

    I don’t think it’s a google earth shot since I can’t find any other reference to it on the web.

  5. From a quick search on the web it appears that this is an imprint in the sand left by a sleeping elephant at the Oregon Zoo.

  6. Getting a bit tired with all the fakes and low-quality content here. Used to be one of my fav websites, but apparently its all about selling ads now.

    Seems like all the illusions gave you the illusion that this would qualify as an illusion.

    Im disillusioned.

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