UPDATE: That Golden Eagle Snatching Baby Off The Ground Video? Turns Out It Was A Hoax!

Golden Eagle Hoax

Earlier in the narrative, renown bird expert Kenn Kaufman had this to say:

‘A golden eagle tries to snatch a baby in Montreal,’ and the video goes viral. But it’s faked. Golden Eagle is a scarce visitor in the Montreal area, but the bird in the video is not a Golden Eagle, nor anything else that occurs in the wild in North America. This was clearly a setup: using a falconer’s bird, and probably a fake toddler for the distant scene. With all the ignorance about nature that’s out there already, the last thing we need is this kind of stupid garbage.

Then, the hoaxers came clean:

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.

I guess it’s safe to say it was fun while it lasted, the hoax that is… For those who missed the video and the original story, here it is