Fact Check: Kerala man did not feed 'meat' to elephant

A video is being widely shared on social media. Users claim that a Kerala Muslim was feeding meat to an elephant.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  28 April 2022 9:30 AM GMT
Fact Check: Kerala man did not feed meat to elephant

Hyderabad: A video is being widely shared on social media. Users claim that a Kerala Muslim was feeding meat to an elephant.

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Fact check:

The claim is misleading.

NewsMeter conducted a reverse image search. We found an article with similar visuals. The man in the video was identified as Nabeel, who, along with his son, was trying to feed the elephant near Thrikkalayoor temple in Malappuram, Kerala. According to the article, Nabeel first fed the elephant a coconut. Looking at it, his son became interested to feed the elephant. However, when the father and son went to feed the coconut, the elephant tried to grab the son, but they escaped. According to the article, this is last year's video.

https://www.manoramaonline.com/news/latest-news/2022/04/07/elephant-attack-at-malappuram-viral-video.html

When we searched on Google about Nabeel, we found a clarification video by him on Facebook. He stated quite clearly that they were only trying to feed coconut to the elephant before it attacked them. When the video went viral on social media, it was reported that the boy and his father escaped without any injuries. It was nowhere reported that the Kerala man tried to feed meat to the elephant. Elephants do not eat meat, they are herbivores.

Claim Review:Kerala Muslim was feeding meat to an elephant.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:Misleading
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