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WATCH: UPDATED! Golden Eagle attempts to snatch a toddler from Canadian park

December 19th, 2012 by Marc Comments

There’s a lot of things you need to worry about when  you have kids, but one of them, let’s be honest, isn’t your child being taken by an eagle. And we don’t mean from the band.

The video below shows a golden eagle swooping down and lifting a toddler off the ground in Montreal, Canada. The bird, with what could easily be a six-foot wingspan, swoops down and grabs a toddler in a park, feet from what appears to be the child’s mother. Luckily the child seems to be too heavy for the eagle to get high enough to get away.

The eagle then swoops down, lifts an unsuspecting toddler off the ground by its winter coat and carries it a few feet before dropping it on the grass.

Several of us here at FTN are parents and we aren’t afraid to admit that this video scares the heck out of us…


The video is a fake – Sky News have reported:

“Three students from Canada have admitted creating a fake video that appears to show an eagle snatching a child.
In the first 24 hours it was online, the clip of the eagle swooping and lifting the toddler off the ground was watched more than five million times.
But a university in Montreal has since confirmed the video was made as part of a 3D animation course and that both the eagle and the child are fake.
Centre NAD said in a blog post: “The child and the eagle were created using 3D animation by the students and then dropped into real footage.”
The three students – Normand Archambault, Loic Mireault and Felix Marquis-Poulin – received top grades for their efforts.”

We should think so, this is fantastic work!


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….