When you were young did you enjoy games of hide and seek? I know I sure did. And now, every time I see my little niece and nephew, I play a game. But humans are not the only critters on earth who like to play. As we shared with you last week, a polar beer was playing a game of hide and seek with a zoo patron. They kept going for minutes and the bear never got bored of the game.
But sometimes animals are better at the game than humans. While hunters and military personnel have the right clothing to camouflage with the environment, some animals are able to do it naturally. There’s a number of reasons animals use camouflage. We share a list with you below.
However, there’s a cat in the picture below. And despite what you might think or want to say, I promise you he’s there. But he’s got a good hiding spot.
Check out the picture and see if you can find the hiding cat…
Scan the image below. You’ll see a wooded scene with a large stack of logs ready for the wood stove or campfire. Somewhere in the image, there’s a cat hiding in plain sight. Unlike some other images, this cat is not hiding behind something that makes him nearly impossible to spot. He’s right there in front of you. You’re probably looking at him right now…
This picture has been stumping thousands of people across the internet. If you don’t see him, don’t worry. You’re not alone. I had a lot of trouble seeing this cat. That’s why I’m so excited to share this picture with you. I know it’s going to be a lot of fun for you. And then you can challenge your family and friends to find him too.
Scroll down to find the answer!
Why do animals use camouflage? Here’s a short list you should read…
According to National Geographic, “camouflage, also called cryptic coloration, is a defense or tactic that organisms use to disguise their appearance, usually to blend in with their surroundings.”
Camouflage helps organism match their surroundings so they are overlooked. It helps them hide their precise location from creatures trying to eat them for lunch. It can also help trick predators into thinking the animal is something else entirely.
But camouflage doesn’t just work defensively. Many predators use it to sneak up on their prey. Take polar bears for instance. Their white fur helps them match the snow and get closer to seals before the animals notice the bear. Cats also use camouflage to blend in with grasses and landscapes.
Camouflage tactics vary depending on if the animal has fur, scales, or feathers. Usually, animals with fur are camouflaged by the season since their fur takes weeks or months to change. For example, the arctic fox has a white coat in the winter and a brown coat in the summer.
Take another look at this picture. Can you spot the hidden cat?
HINT: He’s resting on the logs.
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