Claim: Videos and photos have been going viral on social media showing a black animal that looks from the cat family. The videos and photos that has been going viral states it is a black panther that was spotted at mosque in Golconda, Hyderabad, India.
The video has been shared by multiple accounts on Facebook and has over 6000 views.
Many people have also shared videos with the same claim on Twitter.
— Himanshu Rao Kalvakuntla (@TheRealHimanshu) May 14, 2020
A black panther is spotted & on the prowl in city!#Bagheera #leopard #Rare
The video is from a friend & locality is #FatahDarwaza #Golconda Fort, #Noorani Mosque. @KTRTRS @ParveenKaswan @NoorRahman_IFS @rameshpandeyifs
◆ @hydcitypolice please verify pic.twitter.com/RNkfEQ2cHz
— Muzzammil KhanⓂ️ مزمل خان (@MohdMuzzammilK) May 14, 2020
The claim is also widely shared on YouTube. Over 40 thousands people have viewed the same.
The claim is false. The animal in the viral videos and photos is not black panther. It was an Asian Palm Civet that was inside the Noorani Masjid near Fateh Darwaza of Golconda Fort, Hyderabad India. The animal caused great panic among the locals. The civet cat was rescued and is being kept at the Nehru Zoological Park. The fake claim was debunked when Hyderabad City Police put out a tweet from their official twitter handle stating the animal in the viral video and photos was a civet cat and not a panther. Various news publications have also carried the article about the incident.
Attached below is the tweet posted as a reply by the Hyderabad City Police.
Good Morning Sir,SHO Golconda replied that
It is not panther and it is civet cat .
It was caught with the co ordination of Forest team and zoo staff and handed over to zoo park for safe custody. pic.twitter.com/UHbwnMK93y
— Hyderabad City Police (@hydcitypolice) May 14, 2020
These are the screenshots and links of articles on the same incident by different news publications.
Source:: The Hans India
Source: The Indian Express