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Video Of Eagle Grabbing Baby Is Fake

Submitted by on December 20, 2012 – 10:33 am2 Comments

The Internet wins again! After gaining popularity for a day and racking up over seven million views, a video that supposedly shows a Golden Eagle grabbing a baby in Montreal has been debunked. That city’s Centre NAD school has come forward and admitted that the video was created for one of its classes in 3-D animation.

Unfortunately, that didn’t stop numerous news sources from initially reporting the video as fact.

Many immediately questioned the video’s authenticity from the start, citing the image’s blurriness, soft focus, and issues involving the bird’s wings and shadow. But they didn’t even have to look that far:  Golden Eagles don’t live in Montreal, and the bird shown isn’t a Golden Eagle anyway. (An ornithologist ID’d the bird as either an impossibly large osprey or a steppe eagle, neither of which live anywhere near Montreal.)

Or, viewers could have simply asked themselves if a bird of prey could likely pick up a small child.    Considering eagles and hawks pray on things like mice, this is again unlikely.

It’s just another reminder not to believe everything you read- or watch- on the internet. As Metro points out, we’ve been taken in before by supposed angsty vloggers and iPod chargers made out of an onion- not to mention all of the celebrity death rumors on Twitter.

Did you believe the Golden Eagle video? What are your favorite internet hoaxes?

[via NBC News]

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