A large cat causing concern at Lake of the Ozarks is fake news. The Lake of the Ozarks is a large reservoir created by impounding the Osage River in the northern part of the Ozarks in central Missouri. There is no truth that a tiger was creating issues with residents and animals of a Missouri region.
Where did this fake news originate? React365 posted an article reporting that the large cat was causing trouble at Lake of the Ozarks where it was seen at nearby homes. You can read the fake news below.
The Lake of the Ozarks is no stranger to more exotic members of the animal kingdom with the appearance of piranhas and an alligator sighting, but what was seen lurking near the lake shore near Laurie has everyone’s head spinning. Lock up your pets and bring your kids in the house, we have a Missouri tiger at our lake and he doesn’t play football.
Late Thursday local resident, Tony DerGrate,had brought his family out for an evening boat excursion.
“We were just sitting there in the water when my wife got this shocked look. I followed her line of sight and sitting on the rocks chewing on what appeared to be a rabbit was this massive tiger. I had never seen anything like it but in zoos!” exclaimed DeGrate.
As he was calling the Morgan County Sheriffs Department other reports of startling images from gaming cameras started rolling in. The tiger had been spotted wandering around various lake homes.
However, there is no truth to the above story, according to Hoax Alert. When doing a simple search of the picture that was posted with the fake story, it was actually taken in Nepal and does not have to do anything with a large cat being found in the Lake of the Ozarks.
Here is an example of someone sharing the fake news article on social media.
Large Cat Causes Concern at Lake of the Ozarks https://t.co/znzWPUsVMe
— Basher of Heads (@HeadBasher79) September 30, 2017
Most specifically, React365 is a prank website so any content coming from it is false. On that site, users can submit their own headline, description and photo to create realistic looking prank news articles. In doing so, the goal is to confuse and manipulate those on social media.
Users of React365 do not even have to upload their own image. Rather, the site comes with a built-in search function that will pull an appropriate image from Google image search. Thus, users have an easy way to procure an image for use in their fake news article.
What did you think of the fake news that a tiger was causing problems for Missouri residents? Did you believe it or see people sharing the news falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.
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