Fact Check: Video from South Africa’s Private Game Reserve Viral As Lion Spotted in MP, India

A video of a lion is doing the rounds on social media, claiming that the lion was spotted in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh, India.

The caption of the video reads: धार में बब्बर शेर की दहाड़… #MadhyaPradesh #Dhar #WildLife |
@MPTourism (English translation: The roar of Babbar lion in Dhar)

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 southwestern section of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Earlier, NewsMobile debunked the same video when it was shared as that from Assam in India.

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

Hence, it is clear that the video is being shared with a false claim.

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