Video of a Tigress along with its cubs roaming in the dark is being shared on social media claiming that they were spotted on the road in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of Tigress and its cubs spotted in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh
Fact: The original video is posted by IFS officer Ramesh Pandey on Twitter on 09 November 2020. Video shows tigress and its four cubs spotted at Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Uttar Pradesh. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING
Reverse image search using the keyframes extracted from the viral video led us to a video posted by Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Ramesh Pandey on 09 November 2020. The accompanying descriptions reads- “Brilliant and beautiful capture of tigress with cubs in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve by Field Director”. Dudhwa tiger reserve is located near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.
Upon comparing the visuals from both the videos, we can say conclude that these two videos are same.
News reports by Indian Express and Times of India featuring this video can be seen here and here.
To sum it up, viral video shows tigress spotted at Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Uttar Pradesh in 2020; not in MP’s Chhindwara.