Photo of ‘Water Bending Squirrel’ Is A Digital Fake
By Erica Abbott
A photo purportedly showing a “water bending” squirrel is a digital fake. While water bending is not only a fictional practice, it’s doubtful a squirrel would have the power to control water with its mind anyway.
According to Snopes, the image was created in 2014 as part of a PhotoshopBattles thread on Reddit. The Photoshopped image used a 2010 photo of a “Kung Fu Squirrel” and a stock photo of a water splash. The creator of the digitally-manipulated photo, Reddit user The6ftPianist, explained how the image was created:
The program(GIMP in this case) actually did most of the work, all I did was get a stock photo of some water, selected the splash and made it transparent(there’s a option for it) and just pasted it in(as a new layer so I could move it). The hard bit was fiddling around with color settings ’til it sorta matched the photo.
The photo was later circulated on social media, receiving nearly 1,200 retweets on the Fascinating Pictures page. And while water bending would be a pretty spectacular feat, especially for a squirrel, it is nothing more than a digital fake.
Waterbending Squirrel pic.twitter.com/dWAZNAbChm
— Fascinating Pictures (@Fascinatingpics) April 25, 2017
See what social media thought of the water bending photo below:
Social Media Shares Photo of “Water Bending” Squirrel
— Vala Kaye (@ValaKaye) April 26, 2017
— Malcolm Hoyle (@m_hoyle777) April 26, 2017
Amazing shot! https://t.co/enBoAsyI1k
— Cathy Urbach (@UrbachCathy) April 26, 2017
This is so hilarious!! https://t.co/uAUBzogW9Y
— Rachal Shine (@rachal_shine) April 25, 2017
master of the water element https://t.co/Fg5bSv8gIP
— Mr Hare (@SimbaHare94) April 26, 2017
— mohamad fadhil (@SullySullivan27) April 26, 2017
If nothing else, the “water bending” squirrel can now become a hilarious meme.
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