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Eagle Snatches Child in Montreal: Caught on Tape! Confirmed by Its Authors as Fake

By December 19, 2012

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I was once terrified by a squirrel staring me down and following me while I tried to enjoy myself on Mount Royal. I also cringed in fear once over a group of bunnies hopping towards me along the shores of New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy, which was just weird.

But neither of these incidents would have prepared me for this, which incidentally, also occurred on Mount Royal. At least according to the video. It appears the blogopshere is divided on whether this video is real or fake. The Huffington Post shows video stills that suggest CG and The Gazette quoted a wildlife expert who cautiously said "unless we have proof to the contrary there's nothing to prove that it was a real incident." What do you think?

I get into the subject more in-depth with a reader here. As it stands, it's unclear whether this video is real or fake. There's not enough evidence in either direction, at least in the way said evidence has been presented -- e.g., it's not an eagle, it's an osprey! Okay ... so it's a different bird of prey, What does that mean? Is the osprey significantly smaller and incapable of lifting beyond a certain weight? Details please ... -- to call it out just yet.

1:15 P.M. UPDATE: we have a winner! As per Huffington Post Quebec, the Centre national d'animation et de design published a press release divulging the names of the video's authors. The video was produced by students Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin in the context of a "production simulation workshop class of the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design" and the press release confirms that the child and the "eagle" were 3D creations integrated into a film after the fact.

Comments

December 19, 2012 at 8:43 am
(1) arturo says:

seems a fake video to me.

December 24, 2012 at 10:53 am
(2) andrew says:

My Gran from Scotland told us some stories that Golden Eagles would get so hungry that they would prey on small children, especially unsupervised [something Freudian in that?]

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