Sorry, Internet: Baby-Snatching Eagle Video Is Phony
But more than one source was duped
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2012 10:36 AM CST
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(Newser) – If you were completely amazed by that video of a golden eagle snatching a baby in a Montreal park, you weren't alone. Unfortunately, you were also fooled. The vid is almost certainly fake, and Gawker has the details on how you can tell:

  • Red flag No 1: The video is YouTube user MrNuclearCat's only upload.

  • The CGI used to create the bird is flawed—its wings disappear at one point, its shadow is inconsistent, and when it drops its cargo, the baby somehow manages to float upward for a second.
  • Speaking of CGI, there's a 3D animation school in Montreal known for fake videos like this one, part of its "hoax the Internet" competition. Perhaps we've seen the new winner?
  • Not a single media source in Canada picked up on the footage.
  • Then there are the experts: Ornithologist Kenn Kaufman calls the video "stupid garbage." He explains that the 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."
But don't let that get you down if you breathlessly shared all over social media: The Huffington Post and Gawker itself were duped.

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NSA-CIApuppet
Sep 25, 2013 4:41 PM CDT
My ex friend's wife used to send me emails she was sending to lots of people. Back then she just put everyone's email in "to:" though blind copy was available, never thinking for a second maybe I did not want a hundred strangers to have my email address. Half the time it was astounding info she was proudly sharing to show everyone what a font of knowledge she was; and almost always my first impression was "is this a hoax". So each time I would do a quick search and in seconds determine, YES it was a recognized, documented hoax that had been around a long time. Time after time she never thought to herself "is... this.... t r u e ??" It did not matter because the info was so titillating. Once it was info that made the Coca Cola corporation sound like saints: that corporation had issued a statement that it was a hoax! It is more important to some people to get their rocks off than give a few seconds of respect to the truth. Eventually I diplomatically asked her to remove me from her address book.
CRITICXTREME
Dec 25, 2012 7:54 PM CST
The world, TV, radio, ratchet reality shows is full of fake, scripted shenanigans. Hollyweird is worst then your government where fakery is called false flags. Examples, Pearl Harbor, 9-11, D-Day, Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. All this fake ish happened when public schools got rid of the performing arts. Now those with no talent are flooding media with nothing but fake ish. The true reality is its polluting the minds of the slow, weak and sheep who believe in this crap.
augie2
Dec 20, 2012 12:04 AM CST
Hey Liam Carnahan is this your expert opinion ?