Old Video of Cheetahs Attacking Impala Shared as Recent From Kuno National Park
The video dates back to 17 August which predates the arrival of the eight cheetahs from Namibia to Madhya Pradesh.
A video that shows three cheetahs attacking what appears to be an impala is being shared with the claim that the incident is recent and shows the cheetahs attacking a deer.
However, we found that the claim was false. We found a longer version of the video uploaded on 17 August on a YouTube channel called 'Lemurt Wildlife Tours', which predates the arrival of the eight cheetahs.
The Quint's WebQoof team has previously debunked several claims that were circulated related to these eight cheetahs. Recently, a video was shared by Samajwadi Party Leader Akhilesh Yadav claiming that it showed the cheetahs meowing.
Another claim was shared with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's edited picture showing him clicking a picture of the cheetahs with a closed lens.
The claim suggests that the video shows three cheetahs attacking a 'deer' in the Kuno National Park. It further suggests that around 180 deers were released in the park to be hunted by the cheetahs.
The video was uploaded with a caption in Hindi, "जब 8 चीतो के भोजन के लिए 180 हिरण छोड़े गए तो फिर यह 3 चीते 1 हिरण के पीछे क्यों पड़े हुऐ हैं| या यह लास्ट हे 2 दिन में 180 साफ|"
(Translation: If 180 deers were left to be hunted by the eight cheetahs, then how come three of them are behind one deer or is that this deer is the last one. In two days, they hunted 180 deers?)
IS THE VIDEO RECENT?
We extracted several keyframes from the viral video and performed a reverse image search on them.
This led us to a video uploaded on a YouTube channel which goes by the name 'Lemurt Wildlife Tours'.
The description of the video said, "Kisaru, one of the senior matriarch in the Mara ecosystem, with her cubs killed an impala." The description mentions that the attack happened on impala, not a deer, as claimed.
The clip dates back to 17 August, exactly a month before the date when the cheetahs from Namibia were brought to India.
At around the 0:22 timestamp of the video, the same background and setting can be seen as the viral one.
A shorter version of the same video can be found on their Facebook Page.
We have reached out to them about the details of the video, and the story will be updated with their response as and when it is received.
Both these videos identified the cheetah as Kisaru and the location as Masai Mara, Kenya. We further checked the name and found that Kisaru is a female cheetah living in the Mara North Conservancy, Kenya.
WERE 180 DEERS RELEASED AS FOOD FOR CHEETAHS?
In a report published on 20 September by The Hindu, it is mentioned that the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department has denied the reports of releasing chital (a species of deer) brought from Rajasthan in the national park for the cheetahs to prey on.
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