Email claims that attached photographs depict a huge living tree located in India in which figures of animals have miraculously grown naturally all over the tree’s trunk without human influence.
The claims in the message are untrue. The “tree” in the photographs is completely artificial. The tree is, in fact, the famous “Tree of Life”, an icon of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a theme park located in Florida, USA.
Subject: A Mysterious Tree in NALGONDA — Andra Pradesh — India
According to this email forward, attached photographs show a massive tree that has a trunk covered with detailed images of many different creatures. The email claims that the tree is an example of an unknown species that grows in a dense forest in Andra Pradesh India. The message would have us believe that the tree is a completely natural living plant and that all of the animal figures on its trunk have mysteriously grown there naturally and without human interference.
Not surprisingly, these claims are utter nonsense. The “tree” in the photographs is completely artificial and, moreover, it is not even located in India. The tree is, in fact, the famous Tree of Life, an icon of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a theme park located in Florida, USA. The artificial tree was assembled out of a range of materials and appears amazingly lifelike. An article about the tree on Disney information website, DIS, notes:
The first challenge was designing a 145 foot tall “tree” that could stand up to hurricane force winds, but still look realistic. A unique system of fabricating and assembling the branches was designed that brought the flexibility that was needed to bring this idea to life. There are 45 secondary branches that lead to 756 tertiary branches. With 7891 end branches, the entire structure is covered with 102,583 manmade leaves, each of which is more than a foot long.
Carvings of well over 300 animals were then added to the surface of the tree by a team of skilled artisans. The massive trunk even houses a theater that screens a 3D animated movie, Its Tough To Be A Bug.
An alternative version of the message that features the same set of photographs claims that the tree is located in Africa and suggests that the shapes have been carved into the tree over a number of years. These claims are – of course – also untrue. The African version of the hoax message contains the following text:
AWESOME TREE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA !!
It would be interesting to know how many years this work of art has been in progress. It looks like some branches were coiled while still pliable to form some of the shapes?? It amazes me how someone can actually carve and sculpture like this and not kill (girdle) the tree!!!!!…
Photographs of The Tree of Life can be see on many other websites.
Last updated: September 10, 2013
First published: August 6, 2008
By Brett M. Christensen
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!