Malaysian’s “shadow” cat amuses everyone online 


Cats often take the Internet by storm with their adorable, typically mischievous, ways. During the pandemic, their antics often go viral online, offering us much-needed joy in an otherwise sombre period too. 

The latest cat that’s gone viral online is this Twitter user’s cat that turned into an optical illusion of an impossibly long “shadow” that confused the Internet. Many were amused when they realised that the shadow was just his cat, Charcoal.


Charcoal cat up to no good becomes a shadow


On 19th May 2021, netizen @ren_kaos took to Twitter to share a photo of his cats.

Along with it was a caption that said, “Charcoal [is] such a busy body, wants to disturb Kaiju.”

Shadow cat - photo
Image credit: @ren_kaos

At first glance, the photo appears normal – just a cat casually sitting on the floor. Then your brain registers the impossibly long “shadow” and you do a double take. Then you realise that the “shadow” is actually another cat, Charcoal, that’s stretched out at the feet of the first cat, Kaiju, kacau-ing it.

In a follow-up tweet, @ren_kaos shared another photo of Charcoal alone to assure netizens that it was really not a shadow.

The OP cheekily captioned it, “Poor thing being just a shadow.”

Shadow cat - photo
Image credit: @ren_kaos


Cat confuses the internet, and gets turned into an artwork


The post, which garnered over 10K likes, had a flurry of replies from netizens coming out to share how they were convinced that Charcoal was just a shadow.

Twitter user @annnaemah, for one, tweeted, “I looked at this photo for a long time. Sitting, spinning and zooming in and out of the photo. Turns out it’s a black cat. I thought it was a shadow.”

Shadow cat - comment
Image credit: @annnaemah

Another netizen, @schxnht, echoed the thoughts of many who came to realise that the cat wasn’t a shadow, saying, “Once you see it, you can’t unsee it.”

Shadow cat - comment
Image credit: @schxnht

With how popular the cat became online, a talented local artist, Sue Anna Joe, turned the photo into an impressive artwork that perfectly captured the cats and Charcoal’s elongated form.

Shadow cat - art
Image credit: @sueannajoe_


Cat fools and amuses the internet with its shadow-like appearance


Felines come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing’s for sure: They are all adorable and tend to get into mischief whenever they can. Charcoal, the black cat that had the Internet confused on its existence in the past few days, is no different and is helping to usher in some lighthearted laughs and smiles at this time.

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Cover image adapted from:  @ren_kaos

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