The recent forest fire in Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka has sent shockwaves across the state and the country as well. Recently, a few images have been shared on Social Media which is claimed to be from the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary. Since the past few days, around 2500 acres of forest area of the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary has been burnt down due to unknown reasons. Moreover, miscreants have been trying to re-ignite the fire again.
Popukar Kannada Actor Darshan has retweeted an image, which has got around 1200 retweets
ಬಂಡೀಪುರ ಅಭಯಾರಣ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಉಂಟಾಗಿರುವ ಕಾಡ್ಗಿಚ್ಚಿನಿಂದ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ವನಜೀವಿ ಸಂಕುಲಕ್ಕೆ ತೊಂದರೆಯುಂಟಾಗಿದೆ. ಸರ್ಕಾರ, ಅರಣ್ಯ ಇಲಾಖೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಹಲವಾರು ಸ್ವಯಂಸೇವಕರು ಜೊತೆಗೂಡಿ ಈ ಅವಘಡವನ್ನು ಶಮನ ಮಾಡಲು ಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಆಸಕ್ತಿಯುಳ್ಳ ಸ್ವಯಂಸೇವಕರು ದಯಮಾಡಿ ಈ ಅಭಿಯಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ನೆರವಾಗಬೇಕಾಗಿ ವಿನಂತಿ pic.twitter.com/3fjUpWJWM4
— Darshan Thoogudeepa (@dasadarshan) February 24, 2019
(Translation: The wildlife in the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary has suffered a lot. The government, the forest department and several volunteers are trying to relieve this disaster. Interested volunteers are kindly requested to assist in this campaign)
Another person, Chetan Kumar has retweeted a similar post.
Forest fire in Bandipur has created massive devastation to thousands of plants & animals
Imperative that we reinvigorate natural ecologies in our own personal capacities
— Chetan Kumar (@ChetanAhimsa) February 25, 2019
What is the truth then?
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The images claimed to be from the Bandipur wildlife sanctuary are not from India. These are different images from different countries. Let us break these down to you with the links as proof:
The picture of the burnt rabbit, which is alive is actually from a forest fire in Woosley, California, USA which took place in November, 2018. We also want to clarify that this particular specied of rabbit is not found in Bandipur
The picture of the dead orangutan is actually from the Kutai Island of Republic of Borneo, where illegal palm oil cultivation was reported. We would want to clarify that orangutans are not found in the Bandipur sanctuary.
The picture of this burnt rabbit was found from the page of a Brazilian Politician named Magda Mofatto. This picture is included in this post. Although the location of this picture is not confirmed, the picture is definitely not from Bandipur
The picture of this burnt lizard is actually from a forest fire in Guatemala. (Refer to: )
Moreover, according to Boom Live, another fact checking website, Ambadi Madhav, director of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve said, “The images that are circulating on WhatsApp claiming that animals died in fire at Bandipur tiger reserve are not animals of the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, No animals died in this fire . The incident happened on Friday night and it came to control on Saturday morning. Sensing there was a fire and the animals move to a different location.”
These are the real images and footage of the Bandipur Forest Fire. These have also been shared by Wild and Beyond, a Facebook page.
As you can see, a jeep and a bus from the Karnataka Forest Department are present, and a Karnataka Government Fire Tender is dousing the fire. The EXIF data of the video is also given below:
Bengaluru Based Journalist, Nolan Pinto working with India Today has also shared a post regarding the forest fire:
Also, the Karnataka Forest Department has also posted on Facebook, regarding the fact that there are no dead animals so far
The Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary has come in the news due to many reasons, including accidents with animals and regulation of traffic through the sanctuary at night.
Nearly 8000 hectares of Forest burnt to nothing due to forest fire in #Bandipur in #Karnataka, #India is the most tragic thing to happen for #WildLife. Thousands of Animals Lakhs of Trees burnt to ashes😥 Because of #Human selfishness these lives lost existence. pic.twitter.com/3MjEGGV6Wv
— Vaasuki Gautham (@Vasuki1995) February 25, 2019
— Mahesh Manjari⏺ (@manjari_mahesh) February 25, 2019
Bandipur Fire in Karnataka!!?? One has to think how to protect our Forests!!?? Henceforth one has to prepare master plan about protection of our Forests and wildlife!!?? @narendramodi #forestdepartment pic.twitter.com/wdoyQBcuq5
— muraligb (@muraligb_9) February 25, 2019
Nagarahole & Bandipur Forest Fire Tragedy . Very sad that we are loosing the golden treasure. 👇 pic.twitter.com/3e2zn7GPYz
— Siddarama siddu@ (@Siddaramappasi2) February 24, 2019