Fanged creature is a movie prop, not a real 'werewolf'
Graphic images and a video have been shared thousands of times in separate Facebook posts in South Africa alongside a claim that they show a bloodied 'werewolf' killed by a motorist in the country’s Northern Cape province. But the claim is false: the ‘werewolf’ is a movie prop created by special-effects artist Joseph Rob-Cobasky for an upcoming film.
Four posts, three of them containing a photo and the other a video of what appears to be a dead creature with a wolf’s head and a human body, were published here, here, here, and here on Facebook on July 7, 2021, and have since been shared more than 6,000 times.
The posts purport that a “werewolf” was hit and killed by a car in Kimberley, a town in South Africa’s Northern Cape. According to the claim, a second werewolf “ran away”.
The video, also posted on Facebook, shows a bloodied creature -- the "werewolf" -- that appears to be dead. The video's reads, "Things are happening in South Africa".
In English folklore and superstition, a werewolf is said to be a human being who has changed into a wolf or is capable of assuming the form of a wolf. These creatures do not exist in reality.
Not a werewolf
Cobasky told AFP Fact Check that the image doesn’t show a real werewolf.
“The viral images and videos show part of my artwork, something I have been working on for an upcoming film. I am sorry that someone stole it from my page and used it to scare people,” he said.
Through a keyword search with the artist’s name, AFP Fact Check found a tweet posted on June 18, 2021, by Tremulous Motion Pictures, a US television and film production company that clarified that the creation is for a yet-to-be-released film.