Fact Check: 2009 Picture Of Boy Rescuing A Puppy In Vietnam Shared As That Of Maharashtra

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)

Here’s the link to the above post. More such posts can be seen here and here.


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.

With that information, we did another Reverse Image Search using some keywords and found the picture in a report on the website of a Vietnamese online newspaper, VN Express.
While the picture was used as a stock image in the report, the caption mentioned that the picture showed a boy carrying his dog through floodwaters in Hau Giang Province in southern Vietnam.
The caption also mentioned that the picture was clicked by photographer Nguyen Thanh Luy.
The image is also present in VN Express’ photo gallery. The photographer, Luy, mentioned that this photo was taken during his journey to Hau Giang province. Near Phung Hiep market, he saw a boy swimming in the flood, with a dog and a basin on his head and clicked this picture.
He also stated that people have downloaded this photo and shared it with different locations.


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.

Hence, the above post proves that the picture is not from Maharashtra but was taken in Vietnam in 2009.

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