Does this real photo of an imitation of a real animal look real?

Hiroshi Sugimoto's photo Polar Bear, 1976

In 1974, photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto discovered something fascinating about the dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History.
"I made a curious discovery... The stuffed animals positioned before painted backdrops looked utterly fake, yet by taking a quick peek with one eye closed, all perspective vanished, and suddenly they looked very real. I'd found a way to see the world as a camera does. However fake the subject, once photographed, it's as good as real."
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