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Gotcha! Jimmy Kimmel behind hoax Olympics wolf video

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Late night prankster Jimmy Kimmel has struck again!

Among the myriad Olympics-related viral videos that have spread across social networks during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, a video shared online by U.S. luger Kate Hansen has been unmasked as a hoax.

In the video, seen above, a person is heard gasping upon glimpsing — through a door slightly ajar — a wolf prowling along the carpeted hallway inside the athlete's village.

Hansen posted the video, entitled Wolf in my Hall, via her Twitter account on Wednesday and it drew massive attention by Thursday, with even some news outlets among those taken in.

Kimmel later revealed the prank and the elaborate work behind it, including renting out a timber wolf named Rugby and building an exact replica of the athlete's village dorm area outside Hansen's room at the Los Angeles studio where Jimmy Kimmel Live is shot (Watch that video below).

Thankfully, the International Olympic Committee has a sense of humour.

"It made me kind of laugh as an individual, not as an IOC spokesman," IOC rep Mark Adams said Friday, according to the Associated Press. "I don't think there's any harm done...I don't think it's anything serious."

A spokeswoman for the Sochi organizing committee also waved off the prank.

"We've seen lots of fake photos and fake videos...It's their business if they want to do that," said Alexandra Kosterina said. "It's OK. People are having fun."

Meanwhile, the U.S. Olympic Committee declined comment.

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