Fact check: Photos of animals ‘abandoned’ after the Taal Volcano eruption

Fact check: Photos of animals ‘abandoned’ after the Taal Volcano eruption

- An online post has claimed that photos which showed animals were abandoned by its owners following the Taal Volcano eruption

- The photos showed dogs and other animals being rescued by volunteers after a volcanic eruption

- However, it has been reported that the claim was false and misleading the public

- The circulating photos were actually taken during volcanic eruptions in Chile and Guatemala way back 2015 and 2018

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A social media post has been circulating after claiming that there were photos of animals that have been abandoned after the Taal Volcano eruption.

However, KAMI learned that this claim was false and misleading the public.

In a report by French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), the post claimed that while some animals were rescued following the eruption, some were left abandoned by its owners.

“Many animals have been rescued near the Taal volcano in the Philippines. but others have been abandoned by their owners,” it said in a tweet.

AFP conducted a reverse image search and discovered that the claim was misleading.

The first photo of a man carrying animals was actually taken at Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala last June 2018.

Fact check: Photos of animals ‘abandoned’ after the Taal Volcano eruptions

Screenshot from Agence France-Presse
Source: Facebook

The second photo of a man carrying a dog on his shoulders was taken by Reuters the same time when the Volcan de Fuego erupted in June 2018.

Fact check: Photos of animals ‘abandoned’ after the Taal Volcano eruptions

Screenshot from Agence France-Presse
Source: Facebook

Meanwhile, the third photo showing two dogs over a fence was taken following the Calbuco Volcano eruption that happened in Chile last April 2015.

Fact check: Photos of animals ‘abandoned’ after the Taal Volcano eruptions

Screenshot from Agence France-Presse
Source: Facebook

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In a previous report by KAMI, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) explained that “Binintiang Malaki” is among the 47 craters of Taal Volcano.

Even though the volcano has been on unrest for more than a week now, the Alert Level 4 remains over the Taal Volcano.

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Source: Kami.com.ph

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