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Was A Lion Spotted Crossing A Road At Mumbai’s Aarey Colony? A FactCheck

Was A Lion Spotted Crossing A Road At Mumbai’s Aarey Colony? A FactCheck

The lion was spotted on the Bilkha Road stretch of Gujarat’s Gir National Park area

A video of a lion crossing the road in Gujarat’s Bilkha stretch of the Gir National Park is viral with false claims that it was spotted in Mumbai’s Aarey Milk Colony. Aarey Colony is characterized by a considerable patch of greenery in the city.

In the video, the lion can be seen walking past the road, as stunned motorists halt to capture the same on their phones.

Aarey Milk Colony, located near Mumbai’s Goregaon East, was established decades ago, as a dairy colony. Unlike the rest of Mumbai, which is densely populated, the colony is covered with vegetation, making it an apt habitat for leopards, thus making the claim believable to some.

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The same video was shared by TV actor Karan Patel on his Instagram.

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A Twitter user replied on the video, mentioning that it is originally from Sasan Gir, Gujarat.

BOOM then broke the video into key frames and performed a reverse image search. We were directed to a video by Divya Bhaskar, which reported the incident where a lion was spotted in Gujarat’s Junagadh.

The lion was crossing the Bilkha Road stretch of Gir National Park.

The same was reported in ABP Asmita and Newstrack.

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Claim Review : Lion spotted in Aarey Colony, Mumbai

Fact Check : FALSE


Swasti Chatterjee is a fact-checker and the Deputy News Editor of Boom's Bangla team. She has worked in the mainstream media, in the capacity of a reporter and copy editor with The Times of India, The Indian Express and and is now working as a digital detective, debunking fake news.

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