[FALSE] The “When the devil thought he had me!” Video

The Cheetah DID NOT survive and counter attack the Crocodile as suggested by the narrative. Also, the video is DOCTORED, it consists of two different occurrences on different locations, publication dates, and attacks between different animals (Crocodile vs Cheetah and Jaguar vs Caiman).

More in the EXPLANATION and REFERENCES section.

CATEGORY: False context.

SOURCE: Facebook, https://archive.md/CaSql (backup archive).

NARRATIVE: “When the devil thought he had me!”.


Based on 7 Types of Mis- and Disinformation by First Draft, classified as “False context: When genuine content is shared with false contextual information” [1].

The SOURCE shared a DOCTORED video which consisted of two different occurrences on different locations, publication dates, and attacks between different animals by adding narrative which suggest false conclusions.

Video Verification

The first video, Crocodile attack on Cheetah, WildEarth on December 3 2020: “On a LIVE safari for WildEarth, &Beyond Phinda guide Busani came across a mother cheetah with two cubs. As one cub approached the waterhole to quench his thirst, Busani noticed a crocodile was lurking in the water nearby. What followed was sad and hard to watch for Busani as he shared immediately afterwards with LIVE viewers across the world.” [2].

The second video, Jaguar attack on Caiman, Nat Geo WILD on Dec 10 2017: “Scarface the jaguar is the top predator in a land of predators. Watch as he takes down a caiman, a cousin of the crocodile.” [3].

Other Related References

NDTV: “Horrifying footage shows the moment a cheetah is dragged into water by a 13-foot crocodile in South Africa. The video was captured by South African WildEarth safari guide Busani Mtshali at the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, reports the Daily Mail. ” [4].

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: “When big cat photographer Steve Winter went to Brazil’s Pantanal National Park in 2016, he was on a mission to document jaguars. And in the story of how he got one of his most incredible shots, Scarface is his protagonist.” [5]

Google Earth: “Phinda Private Game Reserve, formerly known as Phinda Resource Reserve, is a 170 km² private game reserve situated in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. Formed in 1991, the name “Phinda” is a Zulu word meaning to ‘return’ or more accurately ‘repeat’.” [6]

Google Earth, keyword: “pantanal mato groso brazil” [7]


[1] firstdraftnews.org: “Understanding Information disorder”, https://bit.ly/34P3vBc / https://archive.md/02Dro (backup archive).

[2] youtube.com: “Crocodile attacks unsuspecting cheetah cub”, https://bit.ly/2TMNdHg / https://archive.md/xWHrn (backup archive).

[3] youtube.com: “Jaguar vs. Caiman | Big Cat Week”, https://bit.ly/3lczswU / https://archive.md/OUfdJ (backup archive).

[4] ndtv.com: “Huge Crocodile Drags Cheetah Into Water In Horrifying Video”, https://bit.ly/3BOB1qu / https://archive.md/pSuYd (backup archive).

[5] nationalgeographic.com: “Photos Show Jaguar ‘Scarface’ Taking Down Dangerous Prey”, https://on.natgeo.com/3ygFOih / https://archive.md/ECeVy (backup archive).

[6] earth.google.com: “andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve”, https://bit.ly/3ygfkgK.

[7] earth.google.com, search result: “pantanal mato groso brazil”, https://bit.ly/3xegpUY.