Fact Check: Video from South Africa’s Private Game Reserve Is Viral as Lion Spotted in Assam’s Karimganj District

A video of a lion is doing the rounds on social media, claiming that the lion was spotted in the Karimganj district of Assam.

The caption of the video reads: করিমগঞ্জ জেলার কলকলির গাট বিলবাড়িতে সিংহ । দেখা গিয়েছে আমাদের পাশের গ্রামে (English translation: Lion in Bilbari Ghat of Kalakali in Karimganj district. Seen in our neighbouring village.)

Here’s the link to the above video.


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

Extracting keyframes of the video and running a search on the Russian search engine Yandex, we found the longer version of the same video uploaded on a verified YouTube channel SabiSabiReserve, dated October 27, 2020.

The description of the video reads: Out of the darkness… one of the N’waswishaka male lions moves steadily about on a territorial patrol. What an incredible moment in time. Video by Matt Temperley.

We found that Sabi Sabi Reserve is a private game reserve situated in the south-western section of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Also, we did not find any media report stating that a lion was recently spotted in the Karimganj district. Hence, it can be concluded that the viral claim is false.

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