Woman perplexed after mistaking pile of rubbish for a child in optical illusion

A woman has been left in stitches after she mistook a pile of rubbish for a child in need of help in a bizarre real-life optical illusion. Zila Golbert spotted what she thought was a child leaning against a neighbour’s wall, and when she noticed the figure wasn’t moving, she began to worry and moved closer to go and help.

But as she got closer and her eyes adjusted to what she was actually looking at, the 49-year-old mum, from Edgware, Middlesex, realised that the “child” was actually nothing more than a bag of rubbish propped up against a brick wall.

Zila said: “I was getting my daughter and two of her friends into the car in the morning to take them to a summer holiday day camp and I spotted a child across the road.

“It took a little time to sort everyone out and when I looked again and the child still hadn’t moved, so I began to worry. I figured something was off but I pointed him out to the kids who agreed with me that it looked just like a little boy.

“On closer inspection, It turned out to just be rubbish up against a wall but it really looked so real, so I took a few photos and was surprised how well they came out compared to what we had seen.”

The mum shared pictures of the bizarre optical illusion on social media, and was stunned when the post quickly went viral, gaining over 13,000 likes and more than 500 comments.

Zila added: “I posted the photos on my Facebook page and had a great response from friends.

“My sister then suggested I post the photos on a parenting group and I was shocked that it has had nearly 14,000 reactions and some great responses from people who have also mistaken rubbish for something real.

“There’s some really great comments that have been posted too. I’m just pleased people agree with me that it really does look like a child and I’m not going mad!”

Commenters on the Facebook post were quick to let Zila know that she wasn’t alone in mistaking the rubbish for a child, as they too had done the same when seeing the snaps for the first time.

One person said: “Took me about an hour of looking back and forward through each photo to figure that out! Good job I’m not working today! Brilliant photo trickery!”

While another added: “That’s some great picture trickery – I’m still convinced it’s a kid – time for my annual eye test I think!”

Meanwhile, other commenters shared their own experiences with mistaking inanimate objects in the street for people or animals – making Zila realise she isn’t alone in her discovery.

Someone wrote: “We’ve all done it – I stopped a bike ride as I saw a ‘swan’ with what I thought was its neck broken and waded through very squishy ankle-deep mud to rescue it. On closer inspection, turns out it was a large white rock with a smaller and longer white rock bent around it.”

As someone else stated: “I saw a hedgehog in the middle of the road one evening. I pulled to the side of the road so that I could pick it up and put it in the field. When I got closer, I realised it was an upturned hair brush.”

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