A picture which shows an elephant holding back a toppling bus and trying to save the passengers is going viral in Facebook.
In Uttarakhand, bus toppling has become a day to day occurrence. The story behind this viral picture revolves around this phenomenon. It is circulated that during one such accident an elephant prevented the bus from toppling into a pit, thus the picture.
This picture was shared in the form of memes in Facebook with the caption ‘elephant rescues lives of people by preventing the bus from falling into a pit’. The sincerity of this story was checked and revealed that the wildlife has enough worries such as protecting their habitat from the clutches of the creatures riding the bus, and that the elephant was not a volunteer in a rescue mission rather a mere labourer. Moreover, the picture was taken in Bangladesh and not in India.
In 2007, Bangladesh faced heavy damage because of the Sidr cyclone. This picture shows part of the suffering. The bus toppled during the cyclone is pulled upright with the help of elephant trained to carry load.
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