FACT CHECK: Does Video Show Firefighters In Greece Rescuing A Deer?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purportedly shows a video of a firefighter rescuing a deer from the recent fires in Greece.

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. The video predates the events in Greece.

Fact Check:

The Greek Island of Rhodes has seen thousands evacuate the island as wildfires continue to rage, NPR reported. 7,000 to 10,000 British tourists have left the islands and are now crowding the airports.

The Facebook purports firefighters in Greece rescued a deer. The video shows a firefighter giving water to a dehydrated deer after rescuing it from a fire.

The caption reads, “God Bless these firefighters who gave water to this poor deer after a fire in Greece.”

The claim is inaccurate. There is no credible news report that suggests this video was taken during the recent fires in Greece. The video predates the recent fires in Greece. The video circulated back in 2022 on Spanish news outlets. The firefighters rescued the animal from fires in Zamora, Spain in the summer of 2022.

The Guardian reported in jun. 2022 on the massive wildfires in Spain saying that 74,000 of woodland in the mountain range of Sierra de la Culebra was destroyed in the blaze. The catastrophe sparked fears about the future of the wolf population. (RELATED: Is Ron DeSantis The only Veteran Running For President?)

This is not the first time a misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that Mel Gibson requested protection from Hollywood elites.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter