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Google Maps Street View: Animal photo shocks the internet – what's wrong with this cat?

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Google Maps Street View: What has gone wrong in this VERY disturbing viral image? (Image: Google Maps)

Google Maps Street View seems to have photographed a creature that could give some people nightmares.

The animal in the photo appears to be a cat – but something terrible must have happened to it as it’s grotesquely deformed. 

The white, furry creature’s head is feline, as is its front paw, but the rest of its body seems almost alien.

Instead of having the long body of a normal house cat, this animal’s head seems to curve straight off into its back with a tail sticking out.

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It has a back leg making the cat look as though it is running forward on just two legs.

The animal is made even more creepy by the fact that it has no ears whatsoever, lending a distinctly sinister feel to the photo.

The image rapidly went viral when it was unveiled on website Jalopnik in 2013.

They called it the Bipedal Half-Cat, writing: “The Bipedal Half-Cat has been written about a great deal by naturalists and zoologists, being the only bipedal feline and the only mammal not to possess any forelimbs at all.”

However, given the coverage of such a seemingly unique creature was so low and the physique of the cat so bizarre – could there be more than meets the eye?

While it might be thrilling to think the natural world was offering up a brand new beast, there is, in fact, a more rational explanation.

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Google Maps Street View: The picture shows a what looks like the head and front paw of a cat (Image: Google Maps)

The photo is the result of a hoax. The cat was indeed captured on Google Maps but the photo went on to be Photoshopped.

Luckily for the cat, it does, in fact, have all four legs, a normal body and two ears.

It’s believed to be called Thumbelina and lives with its owner in Ottawa, Canada.

This is not the first time a seemingly deformed animal has been captured on Google Maps.

One Google Maps Street View image shows a very bizarre-looking beast that at first glance looks a bit like a dog – apart from one crucial difference. 

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Google Maps Street View: A very bizarre-looking beast that at first glance looks a bit like a dog (Image: Google Maps)

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The weird, black, furry creature has two heads. Like something out of a Greek myth, the beast’s two heads gaze off in different directions, with one head seeming a lot blacker and glossier than the other.

To add to the mystery there is a collar around each head and a lead lying on the ground next to the creature.

This suggests that someone owns this bizarre animal and has perhaps accepted its two heads.

Thankfully, there is a much more logical explanation for the deformed monster.

The animal is, in fact, a real dog who has just one head – but a technological glitch with the Google cameras has created a very weird effect.

The photography splicing has caused the problem due to the way the images are assembled. When taking the photo, the 360-degree cameras shoot multiple pictures to create the seamless image.

This is done by knitting the images together to make it seem realistic. However, moving objects often ruin the scene as they shift when the photos are taken.

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