It is the video that everyone is talking about.
It began with (what is identified as) a golden eagle gliding over a park in Montreal. The videographer stayed locked on the bird as it dived toward the ground and scooped up a young child, only to drop the baby as it tried to lift off. The person operating the camera then rushed to the comfort the baby along with a parent.
The visual images were rather frightening, sparking discussions all over the internet.
But was it real?
Today a Montreal-based animation school, Centre NAD, took credit for the hoax announcing that students had prepared the video as part of an annual project designed to fool the internet.
This notice intended to reassure the community was posted to the school’s website:
“The “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid” video, uploaded to YouTube on the evening of December 18, was made by 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. Hoaxes produced in this class have already garnered attention, amongst others a video of a penguin having escaped the Montreal Biodôme.”
You can watch the video posted to YouTube by MrNuclearCat below: