Fact Check: Viral video of leopard in a resort is NOT from Ranthambore; here's the truth

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A video of a leopard is being shared on social media with a claim that the animal was spotted roaming freely in a resort premise in Ranthambore, Rajasthan.
“TAJ Ranthambore guest of honor …” the caption read.

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the video and found the claim to be misleading.
We extracted keyframes of the video via InVid tool and put them through Reverse Image Search.  We found the same video on YouTube from September 2020. However, as per the title of the video, it was filmed at Singita Ebony Lodge in South Africa.

Taking a cue from the above information, we then ran a keyword search and found a similar video of a leopard on the official Facebook page of Singita Ebony Lodge, dated September 3, 2020.

The video caption read: One of our guests at Singita Ebony Lodge in Sabi Sand, South Africa filmed and shared this breathtaking moment. After five months of being in lockdown, our guests and staff were privileged to see a rare sighting of this incredible male leopard briefly passing through our lodge. This young male leopard was seen stalking a bushbuck in the riverbed in front of the lodge, before being detected by vervet monkeys. He proceeded to walk across the deck area, and swiftly away from the lodge to remain undetected.
While we strongly discourage close wildlife encounters, occurrences like these do happen from time to time. Singita’s staff is well-trained to deal with encounters of this kind and strict safety protocols are in place to protect both staff and guests in these situations.
Moreover, we examined the pictures and videos of Singita Ebony Lodge on their official website and found that the decor was similar to that in the video.

We also searched for the pictures of Vivanta Sawai Madhopur Lodge (Taj Hotel, Ranthambore) and found that the decor was very different from that seen in the viral video.

The video was earlier debunked by Alt News and Vishvas News.  However, since the video is still being shared on social media with false claims, we decided to fact check it.
Hence, based on the above information, we can conclude that the video is NOT from Rajasthan.

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