Fact Check: Old Video Of Crocodile Attacking A Lady In Mexico Falsely Linked To India

A video of a crocodile attacking a woman is being widely shared on social media with a claim that the video is from Ramgarh Taal in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Facebook users shared the video with a Hindi caption, “गोरखपुर रामगढ़ ताल में सेल्फी लेते वक्त मगरमच्छ ने दबोचा, इस लिए मेरा सुझाव है आप कोई भी सेल्फी लेते वक्त खतरों को अन्देखा न‌‌‌ करें हमेशा सुरक्षित हो कर ही सेल्फी लेने का कष्ट करें। धन्यवाद”

(English Translation: Crocodile caught a woman while she was taking selfie in Gorakhpur Ramgarh lake, so I suggest you do not ignore the dangers while taking any selfie, always try to take selfie only after being safe. Thank you)

Here’s the link to the above post.

The video was shared extensively on Facebook. The posts can be seen here, here, here, here, here and here.


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

We found that the same video had earlier been shared linking it to Rajasthan and Mumbai as well.

We put keyframes of the video through Reverse Image Search and found the video on YouTube, dated June 23, 2021. The location of the YouTube video was tagged as ‘Tampico’, a city in Mexico.

With that information, we ran another Reverse Image Search along with some keywords and found a report published by an Argentina based news website, Infobae on June 22, 2021. The translated headline of the report read, “The creepy moment when a crocodile devoured a woman washing clothes in a river in Tampico“.

(Original text: El espeluznante momento en que un cocodrilo devoró a una mujer que lavaba ropa en un río de Tampico)

As per the report, the incident took place on June 21, in Laguna del Carpintero Tampico, Mexico, where a huge crocodile attacked and killed a woman when she was washing clothes on the banks of the Laguna del Carpintero.

We found another report by a Mexican news outlet, Am, covering the incident. The headline of the report can be translated to, ‘VIDEO Crocodile devours a woman washing clothes in a river in Tamaulipas‘.

(Original text: VIDEO Cocodrilo devora a mujer que lavaba ropa en un rio en Tamaulipas)

The report stated that many other residents also witnessed the attack and filmed the large crocodile moving through the lagoon waters with the deceased woman in its jaws. More reports can be seen here and here.

The same video was debunked by NewsMobile earlier, where it was being shared as being from Tonk in Rajasthan.

Fact Check: Viral Video Of Crocodile Attacking A Lady Is NOT From India; Here’s The Truth

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the video is from Mexico and is being falsely shared as being from India.

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