WATCH: Golden Eagle Grabs Baby — Maybe

It's a scene straight out of Hitchcock, and probably just as fake.

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UPDATE: Yep. It’s a fake.

The United States of America chose the bald eagle as its symbol because it was fierce, fearless and strong, not because eagles are nice. Keep that in mind when you watch this video of a Golden eagle attempting to fly off with a baby.

The video, purportedly shot at a city park in Montreal, shows the raptor wheeling over a serene meadow, then all of a sudden swooping out of the sky and attempting to grab itself some drive-thru dinner in the form of a robust-looking toddler. The eagle, flummoxed by the child’s weight and fast-acting father, took off sans snack.

While the image is stunning and Hitchcockian, it is most likely fake.

Luckily for all us lazy internet sleuths, Gawker has already rounded up plenty of reasons why the video is probably a hoax, including the fact that, according to bird expert Kenn Kaufman, “the bird in the video is not a Golden Eagle, nor anything else that occurs in the wild in North America.” Plus, the evil eagle incident wasn’t covered in any Canadian news source, although that will probably change with the buzz building around the internet.

Even if it is fake, it’s fun to watch just for the excellent use of the Chariots of Fire theme song.

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8 comments
JamieClemons
JamieClemons

Look up thunderbird. Could it be a thunderbird?

KendraJames14
KendraJames14

Really hard to tell, here are some still shots, http://bit.ly/RGPDjW  I think its a fake but if not this is extremely scary. Could this actualy happen?

mbrn
mbrn

If you look at the shadows, its apparent most of the shadows are fake pointing to the top and right, but the more natural shadows from the left are pointing to more the left and top. the shadows created by the eagle were important to the illusion and look how clear the other shadows are clearly created by the filmmaker.  look how weak and natural the shadows from the trees to the left look as the eagle begins its swoop.  good try though.

CarolineTipler
CarolineTipler

FAKE. It was a project by students at the Centre NAD in Canada. The video is the result of digital manipulation.

Freeze at 10 11 12 secs and there is no lift. And the body language of people around the area is ridiculous for such a happening.

DavidMoss
DavidMoss

My grandmother swore this happened to her in the NC mountains.  She claimed to to have been saved by the Eagle striking the ropes the swing she was sitting in tangling it's wings.  Sorry I ever doubted MaMa.