Last week, the internet exploded when The Sun claimed to be in possession of footage that shows a live (albeit suspiciously blurry) woolly mammoth crossing a river in Russia. Now, the original video used to create the dubious clip has surfaced.
In their original coverage, The Sun reported that the video had been shot in 2011 by an anonymous, government-employed engineer — which is pretty much true, provided you replace the bit about "an anonymous government-employed engineer" with "writer and videographer Ludovic Petho." According to LiveScience, Petho filmed the river scene during a 10 day backpacking trip through the Russian mountains as part of a project he's putting together about his grandfather's escape from a Siberian POW camp in 1915.
Shown here is Petho's original footage — originally uploaded to YouTube back in July of 2011 — and below is the clip that purportedly features a live mammoth. See if you can spot the difference between the two videos (spoiler: there's no mammoth in Petho's footage).
"I don't recall seeing a mammoth," explains Petho. "There were bears, deer, and sable...But no woolly mammoths."
"I had no idea my footage was used to make this fake sighting."