In August 2019 many news outlets reported that the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon, was burning at an alarming rate.
The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in Brazil, the country home to more than two-thirds of the forest, recorded over 70,000 fires across the region in 2019.
Many people have shared images of the fires and of animals killed in them on social media channels. But not all the burnt wild animals in the photos in circulation died in the Amazon.
In one popular tweet, shared over 3,700 times and liked by more than 4,200 users at the time of writing, a US woman shared four pictures of charred bodies of animals. She wrote that the photos showed “only few of that [sic] animals that have been affected by the fire. We must protect our wildlife #AmazonFire #PrayForTheAmazon”.
Reverse image search shows photos old
But all four photos in the post are from fires not in the Amazon rainforest, reverse image searches revealed.
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