Claim: Photograph shows a Japanese panda hugging a policeman’s leg after an earthquake.
REAL PHOTOGRAPH; INACCURATE DESCRIPTION
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2011]
This picture is being circulated as a panda in Japan hugging a policeman’s leg after the earthquake.
Origins: This touching photograph of a panda is real, but text describing it as a picture of a frightened panda hugging a policeman’s leg in Japan after a devastating earthquake hit that country in March 2011 is an anthropomorphization far beyond the call of duty. The image actually originated several years earlier, and it has nothing to do with Japan, an earthquake, or a policeman.
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A giant panda holds a feeder’s legs at the Chinese Giant Panda Protection Center in Wolong, southwest China’s Sichuan Province,
Last updated: 22 March 2011