A 58-second video of a man in a helicopter rescuing a bird has gone viral. Several Facebook and Twitter users have shared it with the claim that the Jain samaj in Surat arranged for the helicopter to rescue the bird.
A Twitter user posted the video along with the viral text on February 10.

"जैन समाज सूरत (गुजरात) द्वारा तार में उलझे घायल पंछी को सहायता देने के लिये हेलीकॉप्टर मँगाया गया । “जीओ और जीने दो”—महावीर," reads the complete message in Hindi.

Several users have shared the video on Facebook.


Using InVID, Alt News did a keyframe analysis and performed a reverse image search on TinEye. We found a 2013 report by ‘Mirror’ which states that this incident took place in Virginia Beach, US. As per the report, a distressed seagull was saved from power lines.

Doing a keyword search on Google, Alt News found reports by ‘News Talk Florida‘ and ‘The Virginian Pilot‘. According to the reports, the seagull was tangled in power lines for days near the Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach. The bird was rescued and given to the US Department of Agriculture.

The video was also shared in 2013.

Chopper Rescues Gull

A seagull in Virginia Beach was trapped on a power line for days until Virginia Dominion Power crew came to the rescue. The platform helicopter crew had been doing work nearby and used the chopper to free the bird. The seagull had significant injuries and is being treated by the SPCA. (Courtesy NBC News Channel)

Posted by Dave Wagner on Thursday, 19 September 2013

Therefore, social media claims that the Jain samaj in Surat hired a helicopter to rescue the bird is false.

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