A video showing a werewolf-like creature lying down on its face and panting heavily is being shared online claiming, ‘this animal with a face like a dog and body like a human is killing people in Telangana.’
Newschecker’s investigation found the animal seen in the video is an artwork created by special effect sculpture artist, Joseph-Rob Cobasky.
The video contains disturbing visuals, viewer discretion is advised.
Newschecker received the video on its WhatsApp helpline number (+91 9999499044), to check the veracity of the claim.
To check the authenticity of the video, Newschecker ran a reverse image search on several keyframes from the video and found a Tweet dated July 2021 carrying the same video claiming that a werewolf was found and shot in South Africa.
Further Newschecker found a tweet by Stan Winston School that carries an image of the werewolf-like creature lying down on its face and the text says the werewolf was created by Joseph- Rob Cobasky, an SFX sculpture artist.
On running a keyword search for, ‘Joseph- Rob Cobasky werewolf’ we found his Instagram account where he has posted several videos showing how he made the viral werewolf.
Cobasky also posted a video on Instagram saying, ‘…I am hearing over in India and Pakistan you guys are having a viral video of a werewolf going around and killing people and I wanted to tell you that it is not true. I made the werewolf myself…’
In addition, the same video was shared to claim, a child in West Bengal was attacked by an animal. Newschecker debunked the claim in Bangla, you can read it here.
A sculpture of a werewolf created by an SFX artist is falsely used to claim a werewolf that is attacking people in Telangana.
Twitter post by Stan Winston School
Joseph- Rob Cobasky’s Instagram video