Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Half-cat: Peculiar pussy not created by Google Street View

A user who posted a picture of a 'half-cat' on photo sharing site imgur claiming it originated on Google's Street View has had their claims debunked by Reddit users.

The image, which showed an earless white  cat with just two legs and a tail, was purportedly the result of a glitch on Google mapping service, which uses car-mounted cameras to take a series of photographs before putting them together on the application.

The picture of the creepy-looking kitty soon went viral, and received hundreds of thousands of views on imgur since it was posted.

At first there was affection for the peculiar looking pussy.

On Twitter, Dave Atkinson wrote: "EVERY time i'm feeling a bit down I'm just going to look at this Google Streetview [sic] pic of half a cat"

But as always popularity was soon met with scepticism, with users on imgur's partner site Reddit quickly debunking the authenticity of the image.

One user claimed: “This picture is older than google streetview. I've seen it a long time ago.”

While another said: “I literally felt my corpus callosum stop functioning after looking at this picture.

"That's how old this picture is."

It later emerged that the picture was indeed far older than Google Street View and was actually the product of some photo editing trickery.

Another imgur user posted a picture claiming to be the original, undoctored image of 'Thumbelina' walking along a street in Ottawa, Canada, with all four functioning legs and two ears in full view (see second image in gallery).

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