Eagle Tries To Snatch Kid Video Is Fake?

By on Dec 19, 2012 in Animals, Internet, Science, Technology Comments

A video of an eagle that tried to snatch a kid in a park in Montreal, Canada went viral on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, as reported earlier. However, recent reports are saying that the video could be fake and probably computer-generated (CG).

Eagle Tries To Snatch Kid

Eagle tries to snatch kid
Image Credit: Youtube screen capture

Phil Poling, a Youtube user that goes by the name “ParaBreakdown“, enhanced the video and uploaded it on Youtube. “It wasn’t until after I uploaded my enhanced version of this video that I noticed this but, yeah, it’s CG,” Poling said on the video’s description.

“Notice how jerky the eagle and child move. The movements aren’t smooth like you would expect from a forward moving object. The background, however pans naturally and smoothly. The two don’t match up. Nor does the child stay in it’s relative position with the eagle. These are obvious signs of CGI,” Poling was quoted as saying by the Christian Post.

Meanwhile, the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio posted on its Facebook Page that the video is indeed fake:

“Hello Everyone, There is a video making the rounds on YouTube and social media right now that seemingly shows a ‘Golden Eagle’ swooping down to try and snatch a toddler. We want you to know that the video is a fake. This kind of publicity does so much damage to birds and we hope that if you see the video posted that you will inform people that it is not real.”

The original video, uploaded by Youtube user MrNuclearCat, already has 1.2 million views at the time of this writing.

Below is the video uploaded by Poling saying that the “Eagle tries to snatch kid” video is fake:

Eagle tries to snatch kid video is fake
Credit: Youtube / Parabreakdown

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