Fact Check: Old Picture Of Dog Scavenging A Body Floating In Water Revived Amid COVID-19 Surge

In the backdrop of reports of multiple bodies of suspected COVID-19 patients found floating on the Ganga and being washed ashore, a heart-wrenching picture of a stray dog nibbling at a dead body is being shared on social media.

A Facebook user shared the video with the caption, “उनके “मन की बात” क्या सुनना, जो गंगा में तैरती लाशों पर भी ख़ामोश रहे!”

(Translation: Why should we listen to his “Mann ki Baat”, when he is silent on the corpses floating in the Ganges)

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

We ran a Reverse Image Search and found the same picture on the stock photography website, Alamy. The caption on the picture read, “Dog eating dead man on Varanasi ghat, Uttar Pradesh, India”. The description of the picture mentions that the picture was taken on February 20, 2008.

Further, we found that same picture on another stock image website Age Fotostock. The website also mentions that the picture is old and taken on the Varanasi Ghat in India.

While no additional information was given regarding the picture, the above information proves that the picture is old.

We ran a Google search to find reports about the incident but could not find anything related to it.

Earlier, NewsMobile debunked an old video that was being shared with a similar claim.

Fact Check: Old Video Of Stray Dog Nibbling At A Dead Body Revived Amid COVID-19 Surge

This proves that the picture is not related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and hence, the post is misleading.

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