Golden Eagle Snatches Toddler in Canada

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MONTREAL, Dec 19, 2012 (AFP) - A YouTube video of a golden eagle swooping down and lifting a toddler off the ground in Montreal could soar to Internet stardom as the latest episode of animals behaving strangely in Canada.

Coming just a week after a monkey wearing a sheepskin coat was found wandering around an IKEA parking lot in Toronto, the video shows the massive eagle -- with a roughly six-foot (two-meter) wing span, circling a public park.

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.

After cursing in English, the French-speaking man filming the incident races over to comfort the bewildered child, who starts crying but does not appear to have been seriously hurt.

"A golden eagle tries to snatch a baby in Montreal! What if he got away with it!?" reads a caption under the video, posted by MrNuclearCat. The video, which can be viewed at, had just 311 views early Wednesday but was making the rounds on Twitter.

But several journalists who watch the Internet closely claim the video is likely fake. Others have posted stills of the footage that they say show the eagle's shadow suddenly appearing on the video when it was not previously visible.

"If the eagle video is fake, it's a really well made fake," said @DocWan, echoing what many other people were saying on Twitter.

"Destined to be huge!" one user wrote. "Craziest video I've seen in a long time," tweeted another.

The golden eagle is the largest bird of prey in North America, and can dive at its quarry at speeds of more than 150 miles (241 kilometers) per hour, according to the US National Geographic Society.

The eagle likely mistook the toddler for a rabbit, marmot or ground squirrel, its normal prey.


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Jon Addis

This fake video was mothballed a week ago?

December 28 2012 at 7:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This video was on here last week and was said it was fake. Now your trying to pass it off as real?? Dimwits

December 28 2012 at 2:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
martin shoosterman

1 the video was fake, it was an asignment and 2 it didnt have 311 veiws, the youtube veiwcounter gets stuck at 301-320 veiws for the first 24 hours

December 27 2012 at 2:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's a fake they made a 3d video.

December 26 2012 at 11:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bring that bird to Texas he could eat for a month on my XWife

December 26 2012 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow,...why is this still being posted almost a week after the video has already been soundly rejected as a hoax. In fact, ABC News ran a story on this last wednesday (12/19/12) where the creator of the video admitted that it was all part of a video class project. For more info, go to:

December 26 2012 at 5:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OMG OMG>>>>we need to ban Golden Eagles!!!

December 25 2012 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Perfectly normal behavior for an eagle why the shock and surprise? They carry off lambs very often...

December 25 2012 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The music on the video, the laughing in the background if this is not fake this people are sc-m

December 25 2012 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ummm was on The Today Show

December 25 2012 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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