Lion Takes Revenge On Trophy Hunter! [LEAKED VIDEO].
Lion takes revenge on gun-toting trophy hunters.
Hoax or Fact:
A footage claiming to show two armed Trophy Hunters posing with a Lion they recently killed before being attacked by another big Lion has been viral online, with many viewers raising doubts whether or not the video is a fact. As described below, the video of lion appearing to attack gun-wielding trophy hunters is a hoax.
About the Video & Its Origin
The video claims to show a woman holding a gun squatting next to the dead lion as a man programs a camera to take a photo before joining her. In between this, as the man returns to the camera, and the woman contemplates her 'trophy', another lion suddenly appears from the background and the woman freaks out in terror; running for her life. The 'amazing' video was uploaded to YouTube on 7 Jun 2016 by a user Jayden Tanner with a caption '#stoptrophyhunting' and the below description:
I managed to get my hands on this video when I was in South Africa a couple of months ago, a hunter showed me and thought it was hilarious. For me this video highlights a distressing situation that the world needs to see.
Every year trophy hunters kill thousands of exotic wild animals in Africa, this combined with poaching poses a serious threat to the survival of our most loved and endangered species. We have to stop this now. Animals are also bred in captivity for the sole purpose of being hunted by tourists who are willing to pay the high price tag, a lion hunt can cost a trophy hunter up to $35'000.
We need to raise awareness around this issue. Please share and save our wildlife.
Because of the interesting footage and the call to stop trophy hunting the story became immensely popular, and of course led to questions about its authenticity.
Flaws & Actual Facts
While some viewers said the footage of lion chasing the trophy hunters was not real, some others responded saying they could see the lion approaching from the background on the right corner (see third picture in Image Gallery). However, it's worth noting that the lion does not make any roaring kind of sounds in the footage, and it does not care for the (presence of) dead one. The video capture also shuts abruptly, and it is unclear what happened to the two people.
Jayden Tanner, the user who uploaded the video does not have any YouTube activity or about information, as of this writing. Our search reveals that the dead lion seen in the video belongs to another, old incident in 2013, when it was hunted in Kalahari Desert, South Africa (see last two pictures in Image Gallery). Contradicting this actual fact, the YouTube user said that he managed to get his hands on the video when he was in South Africa a couple of months earlier in 2016, when a hunter showed him the footage he thought was hilarious.
So considering the aforementioned flaws and facts, it is clear that the video claiming to show a Lion taking revenge on gun-toting trophy hunters is a hoax. The picture of dead lion is added to a staged and perhaps also edited scene in the video. The video uploader Jayden Tanner, however, mentions that every year trophy hunters kill thousands of exotic wild animals in Africa and the video highlights a distressing situation that the world needs to see. So as the hashtag #stoptrophyhunting also suggests, the video was perhaps meant to raise awareness around the issue.