A video showing a tigress roaming in the dark with four cubs is widely shared on social media, claiming that these are the visuals from Mahuljhir-Purtala road in Chawalpani, Satpura Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.
The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “सतपुड़ा टाइगर रिजर्व के झिरपा चावलपानी के माहुलझिर-पुरतला मार्ग के पास एक बाघिन अपने तीन नन्हे शावकों संग… टाइगर स्टेट के रुप में मध्यप्रदेश निरंतर सभी जीवों को सुरक्षित एवं स्वस्थ्य वातावरण प्रदान कर रहा है! प्रदेश सरकार मध्यप्रदेश को टाइगर स्टेट का दर्जा बनाएं रखने में सदैव संकल्पित हैं” (English translation: A tigress with her three cubs near Mahuljhir-Purtala road of Jhirpa Chawalpani of Satpura Tiger Reserve. As a Tiger State, Madhya Pradesh continuously provides a safe and healthy environment to all living beings. The State government is always determined to maintain the status of Tiger State in MP.)
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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be FALSE.
Performing a Reverse Image Searchwe traced a news article published by the Times of India, dated November 15, 2020, carrying the same viral video. According to the report, the tigress and her four cubs were spotted in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve of Uttar Pradesh.
Glimpses of the viral video were also published by The Indian Express on November 10, 2020, with the headline: “‘A sight to behold’: Tigress and her cubs walk up to Dudhwa reserve official filming them”.
Indian Forest Service (IFS) official Ramesh Pandey also tweeted an extended version of the video on November 9, 2020. The text reads: “Brilliant and beautiful capture of tigress with cubs in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve by Field Director. A worth watch.”
Brilliant and beautiful capture of tigress with cubs in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve by Field Director. A worth watch. @ntca_india @UpforestUp pic.twitter.com/1maLjD13K7
— Ramesh Pandey (@rameshpandeyifs) November 9, 2020
Thus, it is evident that an old video from Uttar Pradesh is being falsely shared as that from Madhya Pradesh.
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