“यह है बिज्जू नाम का जीव अधिकांश कब्रिस्तान में पाया जाता है और इसकी आवाज ऐसी लगती है जैसे कोई मुर्दा चिल्ला रहा हो इस अंधविश्वास के कारण अधिकांश लोग यह समझते हैं कि दफनाया गया मुर्दा चिल्ला रहा है यह उम्र भर उस कब्र में रहकर उस मुर्दे का मांस खाता है और अपनीआवाज चिलाने वाली निकालता है सुन लीजिए”
Translation: “This is a creature named ‘Bijju’ which is mostly found in graveyards and its voice is such that it seems as if a dead person is screaming. Because of this blind faith, most people think that the buried are screaming. This creature stays all its life in the grave and eats the meat of the dead and makes such a noise, listen.”
The above message has gone viral on social media platforms along with a 15 second video clip. The creature seen in the video resembles a turtle, and can be heard shrieking like a human being.
यह है बिज्जू नाम का जीव अधिकांश कब्रिस्तान में पाया जाता है और इसकी आवाज ऐसी लगती है जैसे कोई मुर्दा चिल्ला रहा हो इस अंधविश्वास के कारण अधिकांश लोग यह समझते हैं कि दफनाया गया मुर्दा चिल्ला रहा है यह उम्र भर उस कब्र में रहकर उस मुर्दे का मांस खाता है और अपनीआवाज चिलाने वाली निकालता है सुन लीजिए
Posted by OneWorld on Sunday, June 30, 2019
Several individual users have posted the video on Facebook with identical text.
The same video was earlier shared with a narrative in English which read,
“A rare animal that cries like a man. This animal is found in Arabian Peninsula and until they found it crying, they used to believe that the cry was of the dead souls from the graves.”
A rare animal that cries like a man was found in Arabian peninsula. They used to believe that the cry was of the dead souls from the graves until they found it crying. 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/WKsOyV6rVn
— Sir H͓͓͓̽̽̽E͓͓̽̽N͓̽RY™ (@sirHenry_Kau) June 21, 2019
The above tweet has been retweeted a whopping 41,000 times and ‘liked’ over 110,000 times so far. The video clip has been shared massively on Facebook with the same message.
Edited video clip
The creature in question is the Alligator Snapping Turtle. This can be heard in the video clip itself, from the person holding the creature. The Alligator Snapping Turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in Northern America, and among the largest in the world. These turtles are carnivorous, weigh up to 220 pounds and have a lifespan of 50 to 100 years.
Video created on Tik Tok
Alt News found that this viral video was first uploaded on Tik Tok, an app which allows users to create short videos by mixing various sounds. The video was uploaded by a user @danford1105, who added the human sound to the video clip. It was subsequently picked up from there before it was circulated widely.
Moreover, the creature is known to make a variety of sounds including hissing and clucking, but not crying sounds. Moreover, according to National Geographic, turtles do not have vocal chords. The viral video clip has been edited.
Alt News found another video on YouTube, which too has been edited. This video shows the alligator snapping turtle and the common snapping turtle together, making shrieking sounds.
In the original video uploaded on a YouTube channel Brave Wilderness, the turtles do not make a sound. This original video has been posted below.
It may be reiterated that the video viral on social media is edited. The creature seen in the video is a variety of carnivorous turtle called the Alligator Snapping Turtle. Moreover, this creature does not make vocal sounds like humans.
UPDATE: The article has been updated to include information about the video being first uploaded on Tik Tok.
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