By Shawn Rice
A California zookeeper being arrested for trying to molest a 500-pound male gorilla is fake news. There is no truth to a report that a San Diego zookeeper attempted to molest a gorilla and that he was subsequently arrested for having tried to do so. Rather, it is a bit of a racist fake story.
Where did this fake news originate? World News Daily Report published a story titled “Zookeeper Arrested After Trying To Molest 500-Pound Male Gorilla”. It opened:
San Diego, CA | A San Diego zoo employee has been formally accused of repeated sexual assault on a 15-year-old male gorilla.
Akimbo Obwe’bwe, a 29-year-old zoo intern originally from Gabon, was found guilty of feeding sedatives to Big George, one of the zoo’s top attractions, and partaking in sexual activity with the sedated animal.
According to unreleased video footage, Obwe’bwe proceeded to insert the animal’s penis inside his mouth for several minutes but apparently underestimated the strength of the medication, leading the animal to wake up and lash back at the zookeeper, alerting other employees.
However, there is no truth to the above story, according to Hoax Alert. Of course, there is no legitimate news coverage of such an arrest made against a San Diego zookeeper for such a crime. dditionally, the photograph used in the fake news article has been seen in various other stories with offensive racist content that we choose not to discuss here.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
Zookeeper Arrested After Trying To Molest 500-Pound Male Gorilla https://t.co/fO5ULk7QYO
— prekaz vucetaj (@prekazvucetaj1) December 3, 2017
ZOOKEEPER ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO MOLEST 500-POUND MALE GORILLA – Native Americans Cherokee https://t.co/M1hs5oIKGW
— Mom of Twin Girls (@momoftwingirls) December 3, 2017
— Ciarra Deep XC (@MrsDeep) December 2, 2017
ZOOKEEPER ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO MOLEST 500-POUND MALE GORILLA https://t.co/DedLIJANZT
— Melinda Halton (@melinda_halton) December 3, 2017
Finally, and most importantly, World News Daily Report is a well known hoax website which specializes in posting hoaxes and false stories to be shared on social media. World News Daily Report carries the following disclaimer on their website:
World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.
Despite originating with World News Daily Report, the story was picked up verbatim by ActionNews3 which did not provide any attribution and omitted the satire disclaimer.
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