Video reveals a prop crocodile for Philippine TV present, not an actual captured reptile

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A video was considered greater than one million occasions on TikTok and Fb alongside the false declare it reveals one of many world’s largest crocodiles captured in a populous metropolis within the Philippines. In actuality, the clip reveals a prop crocodile for a Philippine tv present.

The video — which seems to indicate a crocodile tied to the again of a truck — was posted on TikTok on June 25.

It was considered over 1.6 million occasions with a Tagalog-language textual content overlay that interprets as: “A CROCODILE AS LARGE AS LOLONG WAS CAUGHT IN ANTIPOLO”.

Antipolo is a metropolis east of the capital Manila with a inhabitants of near 900,000 in response to a current census.

Lolong is a saltwater crocodile suspected of killing two folks within the Philippines and captured within the Agusan marsh on the southern island of Mindanao in 2011.

The Guinness Ebook of World Information on the time declared Lolong the largest crocodile of its sort in captivity. The reptile died in 2013.

Screenshot of the false submit taken on June 29, 2022

The video was shared alongside an identical declare on TikTok right here and right here; and on Fb right here and right here.

Some social media customers appeared to imagine the crocodile proven within the clip was actual.

“I feel it’ll die quickly after being caught,” one person wrote within the feedback.

“I can not imagine one thing like that has been roaming round Antipolo all these years,” one other mentioned.

Prop crocodile

Nonetheless, key phrase searches on Google discovered the clip reveals a prop crocodile for an upcoming tv sequence on Philippine broadcaster GMA Community titled “Lolong”.

The prop is used to animate a crocodile character known as “Dakila”, in response to a information report revealed on YouTube on June 25 by 24 Oras — GMA Community’s nightly newscast.

Under is a screenshot comparability of the video in one of many false posts (left) and a corresponding clip of the prop within the 24 Oras report (proper) with similarities marked out by AFP:

Screenshot comparability of the video within the false posts (left) and the GMA report (proper), with similarities marked out by AFP

Irene Fernando, a consultant from GMA Community, advised AFP the prop had been paraded to advertise the tv sequence.

It tells the story of Lolong, a person who’s pals with the large crocodile Dakila, and a strong man in a small city who desires to kill all crocodiles, she mentioned.

The prop was made from fibreglass and silicone and is operated utilizing an air compressor, Fernando added.

The prop will be seen within the trailer for Lolong right here.

GMA Community shared photographs from the parade on its Fb web page right here.

Native Philippines information outlet Philstar reported concerning the parade right here.

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