Claim: Video shows an eagle attempting to snatch a child from a park.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2012]
A golden eagle tries to snatch a baby in Montreal! What if he got away with it!?
Origins: Tales of eagles making off with all sorts of small domestic animals (everything from dogs to human toddlers) have long been common in urban legendry, and a video posted to YouTube in December 2012 fed on such stories, seemingly showing a child being snatched up by a golden eagle in a Montreal park. (The bird appears to lift the child several feet off the ground before dropping it and flying off.)
However, the video was a hoax, created by students at Montreal's National Animation and Design Center (Centre NAD). After the video went viral, that facility posted a notice about it which stated:
The "Golden Eagle Snatches Kid" video, uploaded to YouTube on the evening of
The video shows a royal eagle snatching a young kid while he plays under the watch of his dad. The eagle then drops the kid a few feet away. Both the eagle and the kid were created in
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Last updated: 9 January 2014