When the world closed, it was hard not to get a little glass full of the situation. Sure, we're all stuck in our homes, but given the chaos people are experiencing on the planet every day, you'd think the planet would be beneficial now that we're grounded. Environmentalists quickly warned that the benefits to the planet during quarantine were only temporary, and this is not a sustainable solution to climate change. Even still, people quickly liked and shared some stories that just weren't true. Here are some of the best animal frauds from quarantine.
Dolphins in Venice
Admittedly, the canal water of Venice was cleared after Italy was closed, but the claims that dolphins were swimming through the canals were wrong. The footage comes from Sardinia, an island in the Mediterranean that is hundreds of kilometers from Venice.
Drunk elephants in China
The claim that spread on social media was that after people disappeared from a winery in Yunan Province, elephants entered the property and drank vats of corn wine until they were in one nearby tea garden passed out. An official from the Indian Forest Service shared the original photo. He later corrected the claim that the elephants were drunk and said they were only resting in one field. ( x )
Hand wash orangutan
While the video was real, the context wasn't. In the clip that was shot sometime last year, Sandy, the orangutan, scrubs her hands with frothy water. The Center for Great Apes, a Florida sanctuary, shared the video because of the timeliness of the subject. But when it went viral on Twitter, people manipulated the message by claiming Sandy started washing her hands after seeing her guards do it. ( x )
Boar in Bergamo Italy
A well-meaning British author has shared a video on his Twitter timeline from a friend that claims a wild sow is leading a piglet brood across a street in Bergamo. Italy was because of the empty streets. The video is from another province in Italy and was shot sometime last year. Back before anyone knew what to expect. ( x )
Lions in Russia
Popular on Facebook, a picture of a lion standing on the street in a residential area. The accompanying text claims that the Russian authorities released 500 lions to force people to stay inside. This would undoubtedly be an effective deterrent to those who want to get a haircut in the middle of a deadly pandemic, but it's wrong. The picture comes from a film set in South Africa in 2016. ( x)
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