Friday, August 20, 2010

Photoshop:tricking people since 1990.

Since I got completely sucked in by photoshop in my post below (due to being eternally optimistic, naive and not that bright), I would like to ask all you photoshop trainspotters whether the photos below are photoshopped or not.

(Okay, you're not trainspotters, just smarter than me).

The story goes that in a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, the cubs were born prematurely and died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger started to decline in health, and the veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.After checking with many other zoos across the country, they found that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother.

(I would like to point out at this stage that there appears to be no consideration for the other mother tiger who they were intending on taking them from, anyhou back to the story).

The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. They rustled up a litter of weanling pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger.

And here is the proof.


This email was sent round our office and, while everyone else was cooing with delight, I was saying, 'I bet there's one really pissed off mother pig out there as well as a rather cold tiger.'

My other thought was that they'd just gone further down the food chain, found some cats and wrapped them in pig skin and given those to the mother pig.

Anyway, you photoshop experts, is the wool being pulled over our eyes yet again ?





9 comments:

Ella said...

That bottom one looks fake but the other two look totally real! But I'm totally not a photoshop expert, sorry. I'm a believer, personally. It makes life more interesting. Boo sucks to the cynics!

laughykate said...

I'm thinking that the bottom left one looks most fake, Ella.

Countess said...

Must be photoshopped. Even I look at them and think "crackling" and "bacon"......so what on earth is the tiger thinking?

Jo said...

I dunno - it's worked in less exreme examples, so it's possible!

laughykate said...

But, Countess, what if they were wrapped in freshly-skinned-tiger skin ?

Jo, I would love to think so ('cept for the part about the mother pig whose now mourning her piglets as they're masquerading as tiger cubs).

Ella said...

Um, yes. Is that pig wearing a bow???

laughykate said...

Yeah, that would be a bow.

Fat Sparrow said...

Snopes.com to the rescue, once again.

laughykate said...

Brilliant.