The Hidden Tiger Optical Illusion

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This must be the toughest optical illusion I’ve ever come across, created by American wildlife artist Rusty Rust, which shows a huge Bengal Tiger standing in a bamboo forest. Your mission now is to look for “The Hidden Tiger” in the image below, where is the hidden tiger?

Hint – Read between the lines. Drop your answer in the comment box! Don’t go looking for the answer in the comment box right away, that would literally kill the fun.

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The Hidden Tiger optical illusion rusty rust


Nicki, Andre, Daniz Akay, and Leo found the answer already; I’m holding their comment for a while so that others can have the fun too. Gosh, I think I am retarded; it took me like ages to find the answer.

94 comments on “The Hidden Tiger Optical Illusion

  1. Nicki
    Nicki June 19, 2007 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    LOL! In his stripes. :)

    It took me a few secs to see it.

  2. Leo
    Leo June 19, 2007 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    It is written on the body of the tiger. The hint is pretty good, he he…”read between the line”

  3. Deniz Akay
    Deniz Akay June 19, 2007 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    It’s written on the tiger :)

  4. charlie kean
    charlie kean June 20, 2007 at 5:46 am - Reply

    It’s literally the words, “The Hidden Tiger” spelled out on the side of the tiger.

    So, what’d I win, huh? huh?

  5. André
    André June 19, 2007 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    “the hidden tiger” its written in the tiger :)

  6. Srini
    Srini June 20, 2007 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Found it, it’s right there, feeling extremely sheepish…

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  8. Gette
    Gette June 20, 2007 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    I wasn’t even looking at the tiger, until I scrolled up and an irregularity on his stripes caught my eye. And then I burst out laughing.

  9. germaine
    germaine June 20, 2007 at 8:53 am - Reply

    haha i don’t see any Hidden Tiger, but i see one huge un-hidden tiger

  10. June 21, 2007 at 1:08 am - Reply

    It written on the body of Tiger. Nice Illusion

  11. inco
    inco June 20, 2007 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Your hint made it extremely easy – I saw it immediately after reading the hint.

  12. Harry
    Harry June 22, 2007 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Found it, thats a good one. (hint – text on the tiger)

  13. mani
    mani June 28, 2007 at 4:51 am - Reply

    The illusion was so good it took me few minutes to find the “THE HIDDEN TIGER”. tat has been written in the tigers body.

    it’z soo cooool!!!1

  14. wb4
    wb4 June 29, 2007 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    In addition to the text in the tiger’s stripes, I can make out a vague tiger shape in the trees above the tiger. It’s a little smaller than the tiger, facing down and to the right. Its face is in profile above the tiger’s rear end.

    I don’t know if that image was intentionally put there by the artist, or if it’s just pareidolia on my part, because it is pretty vague even when you know what to look for.

  15. demfae
    demfae July 13, 2007 at 9:48 am - Reply

    I found it at once. “THE HIDDEN TIGER” on the stripes. XD

  16. Noah
    Noah September 1, 2007 at 6:31 am - Reply

    How many Tiger’s are there?

  17. noofe
    noofe September 8, 2007 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    found after 20 10 seconds- modest arent i?

  18. buk
    buk October 15, 2007 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    lolz…. i found it :P
    the tiger is the anser lolz i cant spell..

  19. andrew
    andrew November 12, 2007 at 5:13 am - Reply

    the hidden tiger is in the stripes on the tiger.

  20. nandy
    nandy November 20, 2007 at 7:28 am - Reply

    it took me a few seaconds to see it i feel really dumb right now it was right there all along.

  21. Suzanne
    Suzanne December 4, 2007 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    The Word HIDDEN………
    is in the Stripes
    when u find it out u will say to youself uderrrr……..
    and say that was easy i say the truth i cheated i read one of these notes and it’s keep on saying on the stripes on the stripes then i looked at the stripes amd it said HIDDEN on it then i said oh……..
    that was stupid
    so…… yer.
    so reafd the stripes HIDDEN…….
    Remember UDERRRRR……..

  22. autumn
    autumn December 8, 2007 at 3:17 am - Reply

    the hidden tiger is in the tigers strips LOL it says “the hidden tiger”

  23. john smith
    john smith December 8, 2007 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    wow i saw that in the first place and i just thought it was the hint to look for another tiger in the bamboo

  24. Niugnep
    Niugnep December 10, 2007 at 10:19 am - Reply

    haha thats nifty

  25. Farzana
    Farzana March 27, 2008 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    it’s in the tigers body somewhere look carefully it says THE HIDDEN TIGER on the body of the tiger.

  26. Alvin
    Alvin March 28, 2008 at 11:39 pm - Reply

    Man I’m such a genius it only took me like a second! All I had to do was look at the tiger. But my friend god bless her, took forever.

  27. ivan
    ivan April 8, 2008 at 10:18 am - Reply

    if can’t find “the hidden tiger” you really must not be looking to closely

    anybody can find this in a matter of seconds regardless of the clue

  28. jared
    jared April 9, 2008 at 6:32 am - Reply

    i felt really smart when i found this if you look to the right on the black bit you will see two yellow “eyes” under neath two white “fangs” i f you go down there will be two legs and the body is a shilluet and the back legs are not shown

  29. Josh
    Josh April 29, 2008 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I caught it in about 2seconds.
    Is a very nice illusion, I just figured it out so quickly.

  30. alex
    alex May 14, 2008 at 12:43 am - Reply

    lol its kinda kool. it took me a while but i found it. but now what’s my price? lol

  31. Christine
    Christine May 20, 2008 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    ah!! i found it!!! its on the tiger

  32. JAZMIN
    JAZMIN June 12, 2008 at 6:57 am - Reply

    at firat i thout the tree looked kinda like a tiger but then i gave up and want to the comment box.

    sorry, it was driving me NUTS! and it hurt my eyes :P

  33. Benjamin reyes ramos
    Benjamin reyes ramos June 16, 2008 at 5:19 am - Reply

    now when i read teh comment i found teh text on the tiger but i thought the hidden tiger was in tehe bambo forest, like 2 inches from teh tigers but . Its two yellow dots that glowing i thought that it was the hidden tigers eyes XD

  34. millie
    millie June 22, 2008 at 6:08 am - Reply

    kwl!!! it took me like a minute to fiquire out!!

  35. preethi
    preethi June 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    wow its written on the tiger itself

  36. harsh ch
    harsh ch July 5, 2008 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    its on da tiger!!…n i dunno how you found it so difficult dude…i have come across illusions tougher than this one…

  37. tyab
    tyab August 15, 2008 at 8:08 am - Reply

    When we read the name of ilusion, “The Hidden Tiger”, we start sceraching for another tiger, and we don’t look for the unhidden tiger nomore. If you don’t read the name of ilusion, it’s most easy to find the words.

  38. gypsy
    gypsy September 10, 2008 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    retards it was obvious. a monkey with down syndrome would be able to find it faster than you guys!

  39. Edward
    Edward October 8, 2008 at 1:39 am - Reply

    i found it easy its not a hidden tiger its the words written on the tigres body

  40. christopher m. rudinger
    christopher m. rudinger October 22, 2008 at 4:23 am - Reply

    i found it after 15-20seconds

  41. V.Gill
    V.Gill November 10, 2008 at 11:35 am - Reply

    lol that was not that hard

  42. vino2013
    vino2013 November 10, 2008 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    the hidden tiger is thesentence.

  43. kara
    kara November 23, 2008 at 7:36 am - Reply

    it’s written in his right leg it’s stripes on him

  44. dylan
    dylan December 16, 2008 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    easy its in the stripes

  45. andreia
    andreia December 22, 2008 at 4:14 am - Reply

    this one was easy…its in the stripes…like you all said

  46. charlie
    charlie December 24, 2008 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    i thought we were supposed to look for an actual tiger

  47. kHaDniZaR
    kHaDniZaR January 3, 2009 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    i thought there was a true hidden tiger in the background.
    but i found that it was written in the body of the bengal tiger.haha!

  48. angela
    angela January 24, 2009 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    thats the simpalest thing in the world wahahaha i found it with in seconds

  49. Robyn
    Robyn January 25, 2009 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    haaa it says tiger :D i thought it would be a pic… ok ok i didnt find the actual tiger per say….. my friend did…. i though it was the great big orange cat in the middle off the page…

  50. Rach
    Rach February 3, 2009 at 1:13 am - Reply

    I found it right as as i looked at the picture….

    i wondered why it said that then i read the description xD

  51. Tammy
    Tammy February 12, 2009 at 3:51 am - Reply

    This is one of the optical illusions that is kinda hard but it really doesnt seem like an optical illusion. It was kinda hard for me because it took me about 3 minutes and the person that did this is really creative and if he drew it I would be amazed because i cant even draw that good.

  52. jc
    jc February 26, 2009 at 5:50 am - Reply

    wow I was looking for a green tiger….but then I saw the answer….I just didn’t see that one…but I finally got it….is on the tiger stripes, nice.

  53. lena
    lena March 3, 2009 at 9:27 am - Reply

    It took a few secs to for the word hiden tiger its on the tiger

  54. Kuku
    Kuku March 5, 2009 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    yaay i took 10 mins :D it’s in the Tiger’s strips

    MATYTTT March 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm - Reply


    the words THE HIDDEN TIGER are also in the first tigers stripes!

  56. mia
    mia March 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    its in the lines…
    it says…the hidden tiger…

  57. bob
    bob March 19, 2009 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    I am retarded I looked at it for 30 mins. than I looked at the blog part and saw it.

  58. austin g.
    austin g. March 21, 2009 at 1:03 am - Reply

    Did anybody else see the tiger in the background, behind the trees?
    He’s sitting in the tree to the right, at the back.

  59. nathan
    nathan March 24, 2009 at 7:36 am - Reply

    its in the stripes lol

  60. angelica and megan
    angelica and megan March 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    we couldn’t find it until we saw the comments

  61. Troy
    Troy March 26, 2009 at 2:42 am - Reply

    I see it now. I thought the bitch was in the tree

  62. Cindy
    Cindy March 26, 2009 at 5:07 am - Reply

    it says “The Hidden Tiger” on tha tiger

  63. PG
    PG March 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    There is actually another tiger in this picture. I am not talking of the one written onthe body of the tiger. If you look at the top right of the picture, go further away and squint your eyes a bit, you will see the face of the tiger emerge. Enjoy.

  64. Hallie
    Hallie April 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    obviously it’s written on the tiger…. lol

    thats the first thing I saw on this. :)

  65. MONICA
    MONICA April 3, 2009 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    GOSH!!!!!!!!! I finally saw it. I thought there was supposed to be a drawn tiger not a note written “THE HIDDEN TIGER”! it was really hard to see. the person who made this optical illusion is a really good jokester!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. Lachlan
    Lachlan April 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Lol nice, its in the strips…its good coz at first i was looking for an actually tiger

  67. Aulia
    Aulia April 5, 2009 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    it’s not so hard to find,I’ve played a game ’bout some hidden things that I have to find on a it’s easy HAHA

  68. Unknown
    Unknown April 8, 2009 at 7:58 am - Reply

    OMG I could only read THE on the tiger and TIGER so i wondered what the middle word was i thought it was HIOOGEY when it was HIDDEN!!! I then saw THE HIDDEN TIGER when i read the comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. arek orosz
    arek orosz April 17, 2009 at 4:25 am - Reply

    Im 9-years Old And Its written In The beast.
    It took me 30 Seconds.

  70. theunknown
    theunknown April 23, 2009 at 2:30 am - Reply

    its the words “The Hidden Tiger”. It took me a few seconds but all you have to do is look in its stripes. My science teacher took like 5 minutes to find it.

  71. Joe
    Joe May 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    his stripes spell “The hidden tiger” that was way too easy

  72. Nicki
    Nicki May 21, 2009 at 11:45 am - Reply

    the words “the hidden tiger” is in the tiger’s stripes. i found it at once.

  73. Ash
    Ash May 23, 2009 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    look in the stripes then you will see the hidden tigher written in words.

  74. bubblez
    bubblez May 25, 2009 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    i feel stupid!! i’ve been looking at that picture foe AT LEAST 10 minutes! i just found the answer…tomorrow-opticians to check if i’m blind! hee hee…

  75. jasmine
    jasmine June 10, 2009 at 4:20 am - Reply

    rofl i got distracted and when i looked back i noticed sumthin odd abt the stripes ; if it weren’t for my mom calling me i wud still be staring at the bamboo

  76. Never Needed To Cheat
    Never Needed To Cheat June 18, 2009 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    I didn’t even read the hint, I saw the words “The Hidden Tiger” spelt out in the tigers stripe immediately.

  77. judy
    judy June 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    i wont lie. i cheated. i kept staring @ the trees for so long i just wanted to know the answer.:P

  78. Emily
    Emily June 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    If you look closely at the lines in the tiger you will be able to see the words
    ‘the hidden tiger’

  79. Justin
    Justin July 3, 2009 at 8:08 am - Reply

    haha good one, “The Hidden Tiger” is written on the tiger, it took me about 20 seconds to figure it out

  80. Aaron
    Aaron July 9, 2009 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    It is written on the tiger itself

  81. Sarahphim
    Sarahphim July 20, 2009 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    so easy i like saw it in like 5 seconds its in his stripes literally the words “the hidden tiger” are spelled out in his stripes

  82. kirk
    kirk August 4, 2009 at 12:35 am - Reply

    yes there is another tiger in the trees i see it too I saw that before i ever saw the words on the tiger, which I am sure hardly no one else saw, but there are a few of us supreme beings out there. to bad for the rest of the sheep

  83. christine
    christine August 11, 2009 at 5:24 am - Reply

    wow i could not find it i was looking towards the tiger but i didnt get it until my 9 year old brother told me!lol

  84. fei cruz
    fei cruz August 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    it’s so easy, the moment i saw the picture, i already saw the words. i haven’t even read the intro yet when i saw it..

  85. Joseph
    Joseph September 14, 2009 at 1:21 am - Reply

    I was thinking those stripes were weird XD

  86. Bailey
    Bailey October 14, 2009 at 4:25 am - Reply

    It is written in his stripes

  87. memy selfandi
    memy selfandi December 31, 2009 at 8:07 am - Reply

    OMG! i tried 4 like a half hour trying to find the answer. It’s written in the stripes! I feel so stupid…lol

  88. alinem
    alinem January 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    the hidden tiger was written on the spot of the tiger

  89. Bryce
    Bryce March 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    ….Why did you guys have to look at the freakin stripes? He said there was a tiger, he made no mention of it NOT being the obvious tiger, therefore it was the obvious tiger. Law of Parsimony. If you think you’re a genius for finding the “hidden words”, I judge you.

  90. deja
    deja May 20, 2010 at 2:08 am - Reply

    omg who ever couldn’t find the HIDDEN TIGER….ummm…yea your dumb. im 13 and i foud it on the first try

    THE AWESOME BRAIN July 6, 2010 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Everyone has joyfully figured out the hidden so called TIGER in this Illusion
    ‘ THE HIDDEN TIGER ‘ is not an ANIMAL in the ILLUSION mind tricking picture, it shall be known as a trick with words, and illustration! Thus, what I’m saying is, ‘ The Hidden Tiger ‘ Shalt not be a an animal, but a word to see from many human eyes!

  92. fran
    fran February 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Interesting, but the words “The Hidden Tiger” are not a hidden tiger.

  93. Vikrant
    Vikrant January 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    1) hidden tiger is written on the tiger as black lines(o man ,it was really transparent)
    2) hidden tiger is just hidden in trees,on the right of big tiger.

    • Geckoandfly
      Geckoandfly January 7, 2014 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      Bravo, smart.

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