Viral Photo Of 'Dog' In Snow Isn't What It Seems

Nope. Not a dog.

It's true that some things in life just aren't what they appear to be — but this photo is clearly of a Shiba Inu pup standing in the snow. Right?

Wrong.

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Based on that round, fluffy vision, it would stand to reason that, from another angle, the furry subject of the picture might look like this:

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That assumption is totally false.

In a recent post, Twitter user derstern612 reveals the surprising (and adorable) truth. That first photo above isn't actually of a Shiba Inu — or even a dog, for that matter.

Surprise! It's a cat!

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We were all wrong.

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Not surprisingly, despite a lack of additional details, derstern612's simple tweet has since gone viral.

Thousands of people have evidently fallen in love with this "dog" who turned out to be a cat.

In a follow-up tweet, derstern612 says that the cat is of the British shorthair variety — a breed that, especially when golden-coated, does have a vaguely Shiba-like look.

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First looks can indeed be deceiving — but in this case, what a sweet deception it was.