The lockdown zoo: Families enduring ‘stay indoors’ order are using 3D phone app to bring array of exotic beasts to life in their homes

  • Families under lockdown are using an augmented reality feature from Google to bring exotic beasts to homes
  • Using Google Chrome on your phone, search for the creature you want by typing ‘giant panda’, for example
  • After pressing the 3D button, this brings up your camera and the chosen animal will appear on your screen
  • The resulting snap makes it look as though the animal is really in the room – as many children have found out

Trips to the zoo may be out of the question at the moment, but it seems you can still invite the animals to visit you.

Families enduring the lockdown are using an augmented reality feature from Google to bring an array of exotic beasts to life in their homes.

Using Google Chrome on your smartphone, you search for the creature you want, by typing ‘giant panda’ for example. Near the top of the results will be an image and a button ‘View in 3D’.

When pressed, this brings up your camera and the chosen animal will appear on screen, moving around, after about 30 seconds. Anyone in view as you take the shot can then pretend to interact with the image.

The resulting snap makes it look as though the animal was really in the room – as the children on this page have already found.

Twins Frank and Edith Kent, four, from Bromley, posed with a penguin, while Alfie Peto, two, from Bermondsey, south-east London was delighted to find a lion and a snake in his bedroom and ten-month-old Jack Behan was captivated by an eagle.


My lion wants a lie-in: Alfie Peto from London is pictured left. Right: Twins Frank and Edith Kent, both four, who live in Bromley, London. Pictured having breakfast with a panda


Left: Amelia Norris, four, from Seyning, West Sussex. Right: Jack Behan, 10 months old, from Ealing, West London is pictured with an eagle flying overhead

Theo, one, and Jack, four are pictured with the tiger who came to tea in their living room in South Wales 


Two-and-a-half-year-old Alfie Peto from Bermondsey is pictured in his bedroom with a bear and a snake while using the app

Twins Frank and Edith Kent, four, who live in Bromley, London are pictured having breakfast with a penguin standing on their table

 

Arlo Mulvey, three, and Mila Mulvey, six, from Furzedown, south west London, look up as a massive great white shark looms overhead

Amelia Norris, four, from Seyning, West Sussex, looks unsure as she is pictured greeting a cheetah in her house

But the youngster looked much more happy to be in the presence of a mighty lion as it towered over her in West Sussex


Left: Arlo Mulvey, three, and Mila Mulvey, six, in Furzedown, south west London. Right: The siblings are also pictured hiding from a bear

Arlo Mulvey, three, and Mila Mulvey, six, in Furzedown, south west London, are seen posing with a large cat

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