Did Putin left 800 lions on Russian streets to ensure lockdown

A message is going viral claiming that the Russian President Vladimir Putin has left 800 tigers and lions in Russia to stop citizen’s movement across the country.”

Multiple Fake news claims:

Facebook page Humour TV shared the image with a   caption "Vladmir Putin has dropped 800 Tigers and lions all over the country to push people to stay home." 

Facts Check Verdict: False / Fake

With the help of Google reverse image search, we found a report by "Daily Mail" published on April 15, 2016. According to this report, the lion, called Columbus, was brought for filming by a production crew in Johannesburg. a report published on April 15, 2016.

The caption attached to the image shared by Facebook page CICA – Crime Intelligence and Community Awareness – South Africa on April 13, 2016 reds

 “It’s almost old news already, but if you didn’t see it yet, here is the lion that was roaming around Johannesburg CBD in Braamies last night,” reads.

Hence, we have found the claim to be false. This picture is from Johannesburg in South Africa from 2016.

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Olivia Murakami is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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