A photo of an elephant and a lion cub went viral on Twitter on April 1 with over 106,000 retweeting it and even more people favouriting it. The picture shows a lioness walking beside an elephant in the wilderness as if they were ol’ bros taking a walk. What drove social media crazy was the little cub wrapped up by the elephant’s trunk. It seemed like the lil’ dude was enjoying the ride as the adults marched away with a swag like no other. No one seemed to notice that the image wasn’t real. Yeah, sorry to burst your bubble.
We were following a lioness carrying her cub & she was getting really tired. An elephant showed up wanting to help the lioness. The elephant put its trunk down, the cub jumped up & the elephant carried the lion cub!!⁰S28, 3km from S entrance— Kruger Sightings (@LatestKruger) April 1, 2018
Tinged by Sloof Lirpa pic.twitter.com/aebvHwtrv5
Unfortunately no signal in the African bush 🙈— Kruger Sightings (@LatestKruger) April 1, 2018
Very true, this elephant is incredible by how much it cares!— Kruger Sightings (@LatestKruger) April 1, 2018
We humans need to pay much more attention to how animals interact in community with each other.— LS (@runnergy22) April 1, 2018
The picture was so believable that some labelled it as nature’s version of Uber. Of course, none of this is possible as the image was an April Fool’s joke. The image was posted by Kruger Sightings, whose witty tag added to the frenzy. People blindly sent congratulation messages to Sloof Lirpa, the alleged photographer. The more observant lot noticed something fishy about the photographer. Hint: Read Sloof Lirpa backwards.
BREAKING NEWS:— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 1, 2018
You're in for a real treat. @virendersehwag will take the field in Vivo @IPL once again, replacing @AaronFinch5 for the season opener. It's deja vu all over again 😍#LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #KXIP #VIVOIPL https://t.co/0fKHF24Tuv
Yes @virendersehwag has been working very hard in the nets looking forward to see him play again 👊🏽— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 1, 2018
Lol! A perfect prank by @virendersehwag 😋 #AprilFoolsDay #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #KXIP #KingsXIPunjab #VivoIPL— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 1, 2018
Keep supporting the Kings at the #ISBindraStadium & book your tickets ➡ https://t.co/hMidVMPMwg pic.twitter.com/RhKxW9BRY5
Meanwhile, other organisations too had their share of fun, trolling people with their jokes. Take Kings XI Punjab for example. The IPL tweeted that former India cricketer Virender Sehwag will make a comeback to the field, replacing Aaron Finch. Sehwag later clarified the joke in a video.
We're giving you a chance to win a FREE supply of fries for an entire year. Find the hidden code in the image. Hint- you may want to look on the upper left corner. pic.twitter.com/KlIpZfJN2q— McDonald's India (@mcdonaldsindia) April 1, 2018
McDonald’s India went in for it as well. The company promised an entire year of free fries with a hidden code in an image they tweeted.
Other organisations played their own pranks as well.
Archaeologists from @ArcDurham @durhamuni make important announcement about their recent work on Holy Island - First discovery of porg bones in a secure archaeological content pic.twitter.com/fCB07Mjwaa— Lindisfarne Heritage (@medcaut) April 1, 2018