A picture of a boy holding a puppy in an utensil over his head while he himself is neck-deep in water is being shared on social media with a claim that it was taken during the recent floods in Shivpuri, Maharashtra.
“भीषण बाढ़ के बीच एक मासूम द्वारा अपने जीवन के साथ साथ एक बेजुवान के जीवन को बचाने की इस मार्मिक तस्वीर से हमें काफी कुछ सीखने की जरूरत है। तस्वीर शिवपुरी मध्यप्रदेश” the Facebook post read.
(English translation: We need to learn a lot from this picture of an innocent boy saving his life as well as the life of a voiceless animal amidst severe floods. Picture Shivpuri Madhya Pradesh)
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the post to be false.
A simple Reverse Image Search on the picture led us to a post on a photo-sharing website, Flickr dated November 28, 2009, carrying the same image. “Status of environment in Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam”, the description of the picture read.
On looking through his social media accounts we found the edited version of the picture on Flickr. The post was published in November 2009, while the location was tagged as Vị Thanh, Hau Giang, Vietnam. The EXIF data of the picture can be seen here.