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It’s A Fake: Eagle Trying To Steal A Human Baby Video Created By Montreal Animation Students
December 19, 2012
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May be NSFW (there's one swear word in there)

Check out this video of a Golden Eagle trying to pick up a human child and fly away. It was filmed in Parc Mont-Royal in Montreal.

If it was real, it would be pretty amazing - but a statement from Montreal's Centre NAD animation school proves that it's not.

Apparently the video was created by Norman Archambault, Loic Mireault and Felix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD. It was for an assignment in their production simulation workshop class, part of the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design. Both the eagle and the child were created digitally.

Other hoax videos produced by members of the class have already gotten some attention online, like this vid of a "penguin escape":

It sounds like the bird experts were never quite convinced by the eagle/baby vid.

Bird expert Kenn Kaufman posted this comment on the Black Swamp Bird Observatory Facebook page: the "Golden Eagle is a scarce visitor in the Montreal area, but the bird in the video is not a Golden Eagle, nor anything else that occurs in the wild in North America. This is clearly a setup."

And David Bird (yes, that's his real name), a McGill University professor of wildlife biology, says the bird looks more like an osprey than an eagle.

"Bald eagles and golden eagles both have fairly broad wings. That bird there has long narrow wings," he told CBC.

So yeah, it's a fake. But it kind of reminds us of this video, which is real, of a seagull grabbing someone's GoPro camera and flying off with it in San Francisco.

Let's take a minute to watch that one, too:

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