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Fake-News Story Claims Boy Raised by Kangaroos


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Report Claims Feral Boy Lived With Kangaroos

According to this report, which is circulating vigorously via social media, Australian authorities have discovered a feral boy living with a group of kangaroos near Broken Hill in far western New South Wales (NSW).

The report, which features a photograph supposedly depicting the feral child, claims that, after 'ranchers' in the area had reported seeing the boy apparently living with a group of red kangaroos, federal police officers were able to capture him and take him to a hospital for treatment. The report explains that the kangaroos had apparently taken the child into the group and looked after him.

Story is Nonsense - Comes From Fake-News Site 'World News Daily Report'

However, the claims in the story are nonsense. No such kangaroo boy has been found. There are no credible news or police reports that support the claims in the story. In fact, the story is a work of fiction that comes from the notorious fake-news website 'World News Daily Report'. World News Daily Report claims to be a satirical website and none of the stories it publishes should be taken seriously. A disclaimer buried under the site's About page notes:
WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.
But, the site presents its articles in news format and, because the above disclaimer is not displayed as part of the articles, many visitors are apt to take the site's material seriously and share it with their friends. Thus, such fake-news stories can often go viral and circulate far and wide, duping unwary readers as they travel.

The photograph of the boy included in the fake report was apparently taken from the flickr account of a user named nickkuchmak.

Incidentally, NSW is a state not a 'province' as suggested in the report. And, land holders in the region would likely be referred to as 'station owners', 'graziers' or perhaps just 'farmers', but certainly not 'ranchers', which is a term not normally used by Australians in this context.

Wise to Verify Social Media 'News' Stories Before Sharing

WNDR is just one among an increasing number of trashy fake-news websites that, between them, spew out a seemingly endless stream of drivelling nonsense. It is therefore wise to verify any strange or unusual 'news' story that comes your way via social media before your share it. A quick search via an online news portal such as Google News will usually reveal if a circulating report is true. Of course, if the 'kangaroo boy' story were true, it would have been extensively covered by mainstream news outlets, not only in Australia, but around the world.

   

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BOY RAISED BY KANGAROOS DISCOVERED IN AUSTRALIA

Broken Hill| Australian authorities have captured a feral young boy this morning, in the province of New South Wales, who had apparently been living in the wild with a group of kangaroos. Boy Raised By Kangaroos Fake Report

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Last updated: June 24, 2015
First published: June 24, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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