Fact Check: Viral Clip Showing Tiger Attacking a Cyclist Is from Assam, NOT Rishikesh-Dehradun Highway

A video of an animal attacking a cyclist has gone viral on social media with a caption claiming that it is of a lion attack on the Rishikesh-Dehradun Highway.

Different captions claim names of different big cats. While some claim the attack is by a tiger, others claim it is by a lion.

One of the social media user shared the video with a caption: “ऋषिकेश-देहरादून रोड पर बाघ ने मारा साईकिल वाले पर झपट्टा। अच्छी बात यह है कि यह बाघ भारत का ही था वरना मोदी जी नामिबिया से लाए होते तब जलकुकड़े न जाने क्या क्या लिखते.” (English translation: “The tiger attacked one cyclist on the Rishikesh-Dehradun road. The good thing is that this tiger belongs to India. Had it been from Namibia, then don’t know what the jealous people would have written.”)

The link to the post can be seen here.


NewsMobile did the fact-check, and found it to be misleading.

Doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found the same video uploaded by a YouTube channel, OneIndia, dated June 16, 2022, with a caption: “Leopard attacks cyclist in Kaziranga National park, incident caught on CCTV.”

A screenshot of the video was also shared by MoneyControl on June 16, 2022, with a caption: “A leopard pounced on a passing cyclist in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park.”

Hence, we can ascertain that the viral video is of a leopard attacking a cyclist in Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, not on the Rishikesh-Dehradun highway as claimed.

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