By Erica Abbott
A video purportedly showing a pigeon saluting Russian President Vladimir Putin is a digital fake. While Putin did greet a wandering pigeon during his visit to the Rogozhskaya Zastava Spiritual Centre in Moscow, the bird id not react and certainly did not salute him.
According to Snopes, the fake video began circulating social media shortly after images emerged of Putin acknowledging a pigeon on the streets of Moscow. In the edited version, the pigeon responds to Putin’s acknowledgment by saluting him with its wing. However, as can be seen in the real video, the pigeon actually ignores Putin and continues walking down the sidewalk. Of course, the pigeon did not, and very likely cannot, actually salute anyone.
International video news agency Ruptly TV explained the amusing scene on YouTube. “Russian President Vladimir Putin was ignored by a humble pigeon, while walking in the grounds of the Rogozhskaya Zastava Spiritual Centre, Moscow, on Wednesday,” Ruptly TV wrote in the caption of the real video. “As the president greeted the little bird, it simply wandered away from his waving hand.”
The original video was simply edited to make it look like the pigeon had saluted Putin, who greeted the bird as he passed by on the street.
See how social media reacted to the fake video below:
Social Media Shares Fake Video of Pigeon Saluting Vladimir Putin
In the latest “Things You’d Never Thought You’d See But Aren’t Really Surprised When You Do”, here is Putin and a pigeon sharing a wave pic.twitter.com/hQFNKL3P7g
— DM Me Your TED Talk (@PCush) June 1, 2017
Mfw Putin got a pigeon to salute at him pic.twitter.com/AxuHjqbqpI
— ☠ (@HancokUndead) June 1, 2017
This pigeon just saluted Putin. pic.twitter.com/IwbKuDFOdp
— Parker Robbins (@sexy_squirrel98) June 1, 2017
Vladimir Putin honors the carrier pigeon responsible for sharing secret communications between Trump’s administration and the Kremlin. pic.twitter.com/9EzOkIvNCJ
— Ǥ✪ɃɌƗΞŁǤɌ✪Ɏ³³º¹ (@GBRIELGRY) June 1, 2017
— ¶0$][ ][$0¶™ (@CyberWanderlust) June 1, 2017
Ex KGB Pigeon salutes Putin pic.twitter.com/EjxjpCUVVY
— Raida (@Doomskander) June 1, 2017
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