Video of a woman sitting in front of a tiger is not real; It’s a Google feature

A recent video of a woman sitting peacefully and doing her work in front of a tiger is being widely shared. The video shows a tiger close to the woman. The woman is unfazed and is seen doing her work sitting cross-legged on the floor. Digiteye India also received the 12-second video for fact-checking on its WhatsApp number. See the video below:

 

Fact Check:

While the video might look daunting at first, it has clear telltale signs of being fake. Throughout the video, the woman sits still and is not bothered. It looks as if she cannot see the tiger which is practically impossible when a tiger stands in front of a person.

Secondly, there is a stark difference in the quality of the tiger and the sitting woman. The tiger looks more refined and detailed. Thirdly, for a tiger of that size, the shadow is very small in size and looks distorted.

If the shadow of the tiger is so thick, then why not the shadow of the ladder is not visible in the picture? No other shadow is visible in the video as that of the tiger, which makes it evident that the location of tiger’s image was elsewhere and hence, imposed here.

Notice the disparity in the size of the tiger and its shadow

The tiger, itself, has a lot of distortions on it. Behind the tiger, there is a rod-like structure. The structure does not move when the tiger’s tail hits it at 00:08 seconds. It simply moves and hovers above it. This shows how the tiger has been placed in front of the woman digitally.

The tail of the tiger always hovers over the structures behind it

In 2019, Google had introduced a new feature through which one can view 3D animals. In its annual event “Google I/O” it had introduced this feature only for a few animals. Insider called this feature similar to the Pokemon Go game. Google had also tweeted about the AR feature in June 2019.

As the feature developed, it has kept on adding new animals. As the name suggests, the user can view any animal at home in augmented reality using the Google App. The list of animals that can be viewed in 3D via Google Search includes Tiger, Alligator, Angler fish, Brown bear, Cat, Cheetah, Dog, Duck, Eagle, Emperor penguin, Giant panda, Goat, Hedgehog, Horse, Lion, Macaw, Octopus, Shark, Shetland pony, Snake, Tiger, Turtle, and Wolf.

On an Android device, this feature can be accessed on the Google App. For Apple users, the Chrome App works. Through the feature, one can change the size of the animal and it automatically adds the animal’s sound and the shadow for more detail. However, this feature is not available on all devices. On compatible devices, Google automatically installs and updates the Google Play Services for AR. Google PlayStore notes how “this service unlocks augmented reality (AR) experiences built using ARCore. Automatic updates ensure that apps with AR functionality work without requiring an additional download.”

ARCore is supported on devices having an Android 8.1 package or the later subsequent ones. The feature works only with the rear camera.

Conclusion:

Our rating — Totally False. It is an augmented reality video and not a real one.

About Snigdha Nalini

Snigdha Nalini is an intern with Digiteye India and a student of journalism at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication (SIMC), Pune. She can be reached at snigdha@digiteye.in.

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