Mother Impala sacrificed herself to cheetahs to save her kids? Here's the truth

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A picture is being shared online with a claim that to save her children, an ‘Impala’ sacrificed herself to cheetahs.
” यह कोई पेंटिंग नहीं है,यह वास्तविक दृश्य है, जिसे दुनिया की सर्वश्रेष्ठ फोटो का अवार्ड मिला है, जंगल में चीता के झंड ने हिरन और उसके 2 बच्चों को घेर लिया.तब इस माँ ने सोचा…में भाग सकती हूं,लेकिन मेरे बच्चे नहीं तब इस माँ ने खुद को चीतों के हवाले कर दिया,और अपने बच्चों को सलामत भागते हुए देखती रही,सच में माँ का कोई मोल नहीं” the text accompanying  the picture read.

At the time of filing the report, the above post was shared by more than 5,500 Facebook users.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claim to be FAKE.
We ran a Reverse Image Search and found that the picture was clicked by Alison Buttigieg in 2013 in the Maasai Mara, Kenya.
In a Facebook post, Alison clarified that the narrative being shared by the picture is False.
My Stranglehold photo went viral with a completely ridiculous fake story accompanying it, and implications I fell into depression after I took it (seriously who comes up with this crap?!?) – not to mention the gross copyright violations. Sensationalism at its best – complete fiction so that people get more likes on their page. The photo with the fake story has been shared hundreds of thousands of times on various social media. I am getting inundated by hundreds and hundreds of messages asking me whether I am the “depressed photographer”. I have been tagged in LinkedIn with the fake story – that’s going to do wonders for my career. What a vile world we live in, full of stupid gullible people spreading #fakenews like crazy, ” she wrote. 

Sharing the original story on her website, Alison wrote, “Narasha, the cheetah mom, was teaching her youngsters how to kill prey.  However, they were a bit slow on the uptake and they were playing with the hapless Impala prey instead of killing it. Narasha, the cheetah mom is the one that is grabbing the impala by the neck in all the photos.”
The above information proves that the viral narrative being shared with the picture is FAKE.

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