Golden Eagle Snatches Kid in Montreal

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    Dec 21, 2012 1:33 AM GMT


    There's another video asserting it was faked, but doesn't appear to have any evidence of that claim.
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    Dec 21, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
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    That's crazy!

    I guess it could happen though.
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    Dec 21, 2012 1:49 AM GMT
    I've seen one make a couple of passes at a dog before.
    Ditzy girl owner of said dog, "Oh look! That eagle is trying to make friends with Baby!!"
    Me, "Um... OK." icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 21, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    Here's some evidence. The video makers fessed up to it.

    http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/198830/viral-video-of-baby-snatching-eagle-declared-a-fake/

    PoynterThree students in a 3D Animation and Digital Design degree program at Montreal’s Centre NAD say that “Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation and integrated in to the film afterwards.”

    In a post giving students Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin credit for the video, the Centre notes a previous hoax produced by the same production simulation class, which raised suspicions for at least one Fark commenter (see below).

    Earlier, social media verification experts at Storyful point to evidence of fakery, including Twitter user @thornae’s animated GIF showing inconsistencies with the eagle’s shadow.


    Ways we could have figured it out anyway:

    PoynterAn observant commenter on Fark.com who goes by “Lonestar” raises some other doubts based on local knowledge of Montreal:

    1. It didnt make the news in Montreal. And this was shot a while ago since we have a few inches of snow on the ground at this point.
    2. A 3d animation school in Montreal has a “hoax the internet” exam. Last year they produced this bit: Hoax
    3. Eagles arent common in Montreal, they are more common outside of big cities… Certainly, an eagle this size would have been caught on camera before and attracted some attention.
    4. Note the lack of interest in the other pedestrians. They should look an probably point at the huge eagle.
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    Dec 21, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    They are not that strong to be able to carry a baby.
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    Dec 21, 2012 3:20 AM GMT
    That video is a hoax fyi....

    Its done as a believable prank by final year film students in Montreal.


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    Dec 21, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    Imagine if it were true though. The baby would be raised like a bird and would one day be known to the world as "robin".icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 21, 2012 4:43 AM GMT
    Golden eagles are dangerous:

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    Dec 21, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    Saw that crazy stuff on the news a bit ago. It's all fake. But looked damn real! Can't believe anything coming from Canada! icon_lol.gif!
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    Dec 21, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    If it is fake, I tip my hat to the editors.. Brilliant job! lol
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    Dec 21, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    Damn. I kinda figured it was impossible. Oh well.
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:16 AM GMT
    I read somewhere that Golden Eagles in Africa do prey on little children and their main food source are monkeys. Even saw a video of a Golden Eagle hunting, killing and eating a monkey on Animal Channel or National Geo. So, it can be true and yes the video shown here was a hoax as mentioned earlier.
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    winwin saidI read somewhere that Golden Eagles in Africa do prey on little children and their main food source are monkeys. Even saw a video of a Golden Eagle hunting, killing and eating a monkey on Animal Channel or National Geo. So, it can be true and yes the video shown here was a hoax as mentioned earlier.

    Not too likely . (A subspecies of the golden eagle, Aquila chrysaetos, is restricted in Africa to North Africa). The golden eagle is a stong bird, and can carry away prey up to at least 7 kg., and does live off of baby dear, goats, and calves when it finds them, there are no reports of carrying off babies in historical times. You are probably thinking of the Crowned Eagle (Stephanoaetus) which is a forest dweller and would be found in central and southern Africa, and does feed on monkeys in the trees. While the Crowned Eagle is no doubt powerful enough to carry away a baby, babies are rarely found in treetops where the monkeys are found.
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    Dec 21, 2012 5:57 AM GMT
    "I swear! An eagle swept him away!"

    "Frank! You fucking lose our child!"

    I can imagine how nobody would believe him.
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    Dec 21, 2012 6:23 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidGolden eagles are dangerous:

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    Yeah, but Desert Eagles are more dangerous! icon_cool.gif

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    Dec 21, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    Even if it was fake I still laughed so fucking hard.
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    Dec 21, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    The stork giveth and the eagle taketh away...
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    Dec 21, 2012 8:38 PM GMT
    Police are questioning The Beastmaster as we speak.

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    Dec 21, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    Standby for lots of over-protective parents buying anti-eagle vests.
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    Dec 21, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    Anybody with half a brain would know this isn't possible, but if you want proof:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/video-shows-eagle-snatching-baby-article-1.1223441

    I guess there's a sucker born every minute.
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    Dec 25, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    credo saidAnybody with half a brain would know this isn't possible, but if you want proof:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/video-shows-eagle-snatching-baby-article-1.1223441

    I guess there's a sucker born every minute.

    Yep, clearly a hoax.
    But not possible?

    From the article cited:
    "Golden eagles have a roughly six-foot wingspan and can fly at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour. Though they usually hunt small animals, they can fly with prey heavier than their own weight, or around 15 pounds, according to National Geographic Society."

    So are you sayin' anybody with half a brain would assert that babies can't weigh 15 lbs or less?...or that the Nat'l Geo Society is incorrect?
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    Dec 25, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words"

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    Dec 25, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    Trauts saidImagine if it were true though. The baby would be raised like a bird and would one day be known to the world as "robin".icon_confused.gif
    And he would be really sexy and have a boyfriend named Batman.
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    Dec 25, 2012 7:07 PM GMT
    That baby did look kinda delicious...
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    Dec 26, 2012 9:16 AM GMT
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    credo saidAnybody with half a brain would know this isn't possible, but if you want proof:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/video-shows-eagle-snatching-baby-article-1.1223441

    I guess there's a sucker born every minute.

    Yep, clearly a hoax.
    But not possible?

    From the article cited:
    "Golden eagles have a roughly six-foot wingspan and can fly at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour. Though they usually hunt small animals, they can fly with prey heavier than their own weight, or around 15 pounds, according to National Geographic Society."

    So are you sayin' anybody with half a brain would assert that babies can't weigh 15 lbs or less?...or that the Nat'l Geo Society is incorrect?


    No, I'm not saying National Geographic is incorrect, smart ass. What I'm saying is that there has never been one documented case of a golden eagle snatching or attempting to snatch a human child.

    And if a rogue eagle existed that preferred the flesh of a child over, say, a rabbit or trout, it would never hunt in the fashion portrayed in that video.

    Finally, that child is obviously heavier than 15 lbs., hence my original comment. Even if eagles were into child snatching, that particular child is far too large.

    Golden eagles have been known to scavenge like vultures. They've even been seen and filmed attacking animals much larger than you'd expect (though rare and most cases are questionable), but they have never been filmed flying off with one.