Russian President released lions and tigers on the streets to keep people home? Here’s the truth

A picture of a lion on a city street is being shared on social media with a claim that Russian President Putin has released lions and tigers on the streets to keep people in their homes amid coronavirus outbreak.

“Russian president Vladimir Putin has dropped 800 Lions and Tigers on the streets to force people to stay home…” the text read.

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FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claim to be FALSE.

On putting the image through Reverse Image Search, we found this picture in an article by The Mirror dated April 16, 2016.

Roar talent: Lion actor Columbus prowls through the streets of Johannesburg ” – the picture caption read.

Moreover, we searched and did not find any reliable news source to confirm the above claim.

The above information proves that the viral post is false.

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