Hyderabad: A 15-second video clip supposedly showing baby giraffes running in a park, is viral on social media. Several people believe that animals are real.

RPG Group chairman Harsh Goenka tweeted the video with the caption, "I didn't know baby giraffes look like this- exact miniature copy! .... so cute !" (archive)


This video doesn't show real giraffes running in the park as it is an animated video made by a 3D animation artist.

Newsmeter performed a reverse image search and found the same video on Instagram from August 2020. We noticed that this account has posted similar videos of butterflies, dogs, turtles, etc.

The account belongs to Vernon James Manlapaz and the account shows "short magical videos", according to the bio. Upon searching about Manlapaz, we found an article by Colossal that states that he has several years of experience in animation and visual effects and creates delight-inducing augmented realities. Manlapaz told Colossal that "his digital creations are a combination of pre-planned concepts and spontaneous inspiration".

This video was posted on Facebook by a magazine in Spain and was credited to Vernon James Manlapaz.

Manlapaz uses 3D animation to make such videos and there are many articles on his work. "Incredibly realistic, with lifelike shadows in all the right places, Vernon's witty videos immerse us into a fantasy world, where life appears much more exciting filled with floating objects like oversized mutant cookies", read the excerpts of one of the articles.

Evidently, the baby giraffes in viral video are not real, but 3D animation.

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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