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Video of a man sleeping alongside three Cheetahs is from a breeding centre in South Africa.

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A post with the video of a man sleeping alongside three Cheetahs is going viral on social media with the claim that the video is from Pipleshwar Mahadev Temple Mochal (Sirohi) where the Cheetahs sleep with the servant of the temple every day. Through this article lets fact-check the claim made in the post.

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Claim: Video of a man sleeping alongside three Cheetahs is from Pipleshwar Mahadev Temple Mochal (Sirohi) and the man in the video is none other than the servant of the temple.

Fact: The video is from a breeding centre in South Africa and the man in the video is Dolph C Volker, an animal advocate. The video has nothing to do with the temple mentioned in the claim. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

Google search with the keywords ‘man sleeping alongside cheetahs’ led us to a longer version of the video in the post which is published on YouTube. The video was uploaded on 21 Jan 2019 in a YouTube channel called Dolph C Volker (animal advocate according to the about section of the channel). As per the description of the video, these Cheetahs are from a Cheetah breeding centre called Cheetah Experience in South Africa where he spent the night sleeping alongside these Cheetahs.

Also, we found a news article dated 11 June 2020 which reported the same video when it went viral back then. The news article can be read here. With this, we can conclude that the video has nothing to do with the temple and the servant mentioned in the post.

A twitter user also mentioned that the video is from an experiment called “The Cheetah Experience” conducted in South Africa in 2018.

Several other publications wrote about this American Dolph C Volker, who was in the video. These articles also wrote about the project. They can read here and here.

To sum it up, the video of a man sleeping alongside three Cheetahs is from South Africa.

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