A video is being widely shared on social media with the claim that the bird in the video is ‘Jatayu’ and it was sighted in a forest in Kerala. ‘Jatayu’ bird is mentioned in the Hindu mythology ‘Ramayana’ and is considered divine by Hindus. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of ‘Jatayu’ bird sighted at Sadayamangalam forest in Kerala.
Fact: The bird seen in the video is not ‘Jatayu’, it is an ‘Andean condor’. The video shows it being freed by rescuers in Argentina in 2014. So, the claim is FALSE.
When the screenshots of the video were subjected to reverse image search technique, a certain keyframe was found in an article of ‘The Dodo’. As per the article, the bird seen in the video is an ‘Andean condor’ named ‘Sayani’ and it was freed by rescuers in Argentina after its treatment in 2014. In 2012, ‘Sayani’ was found close to death in Catamarca (Argentina) after being poisoned by the ranchers in the region. Other articles about the incident can be read here and here. The complete video of ‘Sayani’ being set free by rescuers can be seen here.
To conclude, the bird seen in the video is an ‘Andean condor’ and the video was shot in Argentina.
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