Fact Check: Viral picture of black bears feasting on apples is not from Kashmir

A picture of a sleuth of black bears eating apples is doing rounds on social media claiming that the image is from Kashmir.

The Facebook caption read, “#Bears eating apples somewhere in Kashmir”

Other similar posts were seen here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.

We got our first clue when we saw the comment on the Facebook post claiming that this picture is not from Kashmir.

On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same picture on another Facebook post dated September 30, 2020, claiming that the picture was taken by John Fusco, a wildlife preservationist.

On digging further, we found a video of bears and apples on the official Twitter account of John Fusco dated September 25, 2020.

Moreover, we also found the same picture of bears on the official Twitter account of John Fusco dated September 20, 2020, claiming that these cubs have lost their mothers this year.


The above tweed carried a link to the website of Kilham Bear Centre, which is a non-profit organization and registered as a charitable trust with the State of New Hampshire (US), Charitable Trusts Unit, Office of the Attorney General.

The website featured a similar picture of bears feasting on apples.

Hence, the picture of black bears eating apples viral on social media is not from Kashmir in India. Truth is that the picture is from Kilham Bear Centre in the United States.

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