Video of crocodile rescued from streets of Vadodara, Gujarat shared as Patna, Bihar

A video showing a crocodile in a water-logged residential area being pulled out by a man is doing the rounds on social media with the claim that the incident took place in Patna, Bihar.“Crocodile In Patna during Heavy rain”, reads the text posted along with a post which has amassed nearly 12,000 views so far. Bihar is battling floods yet again with the death of at least 29 citizens reported in the last 48 hours.

Crocodile In Patna during Heavy rain .

Crocodile In Patna.

Posted by Shiksha Point on Sunday, 29 September 2019

Many people have shared the video with the identical narrative on Facebook and Twitter.

On the other hand, Facebook page Jaago Bihar Jaago claimed that the video was from Bihar’s Jehahanbad district. The caption posted by the page reads, “जहानाबाद में रोड पे बाढ़ में आया मगरमच्छ, बच के चलना रे बाबा .” Alt News has also received a verification request on its official mobile application where the user is enquiring if the video is from Kankarbagh.

Fact-check

Listening to the people conversing in the video, Alt News found that the crowd was speaking in Gujarati. We subsequently performed a Google search with relevant keywords and found the video posted by Times of India on August 4, 2019. The broadcast carried visuals of the rescue operation from a different angle.

A ten-foot-long crocodile was rescued by forest officials from a society in Vadsar, Vadodara, Gujarat. “Due to waterlogging by the ongoing heavy rains, further incidents of crocodiles entering Vadodara’s housing complexes have been recorded. Following last week’s viral video of a crocodile attacking a dog inside Lalbaug’s Rajsthamb society, a team of rescuers captured another reptile at night from the entrance of a house.”, reads the caption posted along with the video TOI’s YouTube video.

A two-month-old video of a crocodile rescued in Vadodara, Gujarat is circulated with the false claim that a crocodile was spotted a locality in Patna, Bihar. Earlier, Alt News had debunked a video of a crocodile rescued in Ratnagiri as Mumbai.

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