A video purportedly showing that a bird pooped on Russia President Vladimir Putin during a speech to dedicate a World War I monument last week Friday has been debunked as fake.
The video first appeared on Reddit over the weekend before it was picked up by several major news outlets, including The Washington Post and Time on Monday. But a side-by-side comparison video uploaded on YouTube on Sunday had since exposed the poop video as fake.
The outlets later issued corrections to their publications.
Putin was speaking for peace and against military aggression at the time the supposed bird visited him with feces … which indicates that the fake video was doctored by web pranksters who were enraged by the hypocritical utterances of the man who used military aggression to unlawfully annex Ukraine’s Crimea and fuel the chaos in the east of the country.
It would have been highly funny if it were real, but sadly, it is fake.
Here is the bird-poop video:
and the side-by-side comparison: