A widely-circulated YouTube video appears to show an eagle swooping down and picking up a small child in a park before dropping him a short distance away.
The video is not real footage. It is a clever fake created by students at a media-training centre. The video first went viral back in 2012, but again gained momentum in early 2014.
Back in 2012, the Interwebs were all abuzz with speculation about a viral video that seemingly depicted a large eagle swooping down and snatching a young child sitting on the grass in a park. In the video, the eagle attempts to take off with the child, but then drops him, apparently unharmed, a short distance away.
After the video was revealed as a fake, the buzz gradually subsided. But, jump forward to 2014, and the video is once again gaining momentum and circulating widely.
So, once again, here is the truth about the video as posted by Centre Nad, the Canadian media training organization where it was created:
CENTRE NAD REASSURES MONTREALERS: NO DANGER OF BEING SNATCHED BY A ROYAL EAGLE
19 DECEMBER 2012
The ‘Golden Eagle Snatches Kid’ video, uploaded to YouTube on the evening of December 18, was made by Antoine Seigle, Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD, in the production simulation workshop class of the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design.
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 3D animation and integrated in to the film afterwards.
The video has already received more than 1,200,000 views on YouTube and has been mentioned by dozens of media in Canada and abroad.
The production simulation workshop class, offered in fifth semester, aims to produce creative projects according to industry production and quality standards while developing team work skills.
An earlier hoax video created by the same class supposedly depicted a penguin that had escaped the Montreal zoo.