Fact Check: Neither tiger nor cheetah — this video from Assam shows a leopard attack!

After eight cheetahs were released into Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on September 17, social media has been buzzing with photos and videos of these wild cats.

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A video purportedly showing a tiger attacking a cyclist has been shared widely on social media.

On September 17, eight cheetahs imported from Namibia were released into Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Since then, social media has been buzzing with photos and videos of these wild cats. Amid all this, a video purportedly showing a tiger attacking a cyclist has been shared widely.

The video shows a man cycling on a road with woods on both sides. All of a sudden, a wild animal jumps from inside the trees and attacks the man. He loses his balance and falls off his bicycle. Even as the animal retreats back, the man, visibly scared, cycles back in the opposite direction.

This video has been shared on Facebook and Twitter with people claiming this incident happened on the Rishikesh-Dehradun road.

Some people, on the other hand, claimed this video shows one of the cheetahs released into the national park in MP.

The archived version of a similar post can be seen here. AFWA's investigation found that both these claims are false.

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Upon reverse-searching frames from the viral video, we came across the clip shared by Indian Forest Service official Praveen Keswan on July 15 this year.

In a tweet thread, Keswan stated this video was from Assam's Kaziranga forest. He also mentioned the animal seen in the video was a leopard. He wrote, "Leopards are very adaptable species. They live in farmlands, sugarcane crops, tea gardens and even in cities. On hills and in forests. Sometimes the interactions are safe but many a times conflicts also arise."

Further refined searches led us to a MoneyControl report from June 16. Here too, it was stated that this incident was caught on camera in the Kaziranga National Park in Assam.

An ANI video report from June said that the incident took place in the Haldibari Animal Corridor on January 19. It was captured by CCTV cameras installed by the Kaziranga National Park authority. The report added that the cyclist did not suffer any major injuries.

We searched for reports on recent attacks by wild cats on the Rishikesh-Dehradun road. However, we did not find any. Thus, we conclude that an old video from Assam was shared with false claims.

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INDIA TODAY FACT CHECK
ClaimThis video shows how a cyclist was attacked by a tiger on the Rishikesh-Dehradun Road.ConclusionThis video is from Assam's Kaziranga National Park. This incident took place on January 19. The animal seen in the video is a leopard.
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