Registered: 7th Aug 2005
Loc: New Brighton
No, this Baby-snatching bird is not part of a Hitchcock sequel. But, according to YouTube user MrNuclearCat, the video above shows a golden eagle grabbing a Baby in Montreal.
The video appears to show a bird swooping down, snatching a small child, and yes, they appear to get some air before the eagle lets go of the Baby, who is later seen crying.
Many YouTube commenters have been skeptical of this "Golden Eagle Snatches Kid" video. As opennewscast wrote, "I've been working with digital images professionally for 15 years, and I'm convinced this is fake. The swoop down at 0:10 looks just like cheap CGI to me."
Others took a more comedic take, such as beepeachie, who wrote, "Son, well, I don't know quite how to tell you this, but - you were dropped on your head as an infant By an eagle."
According to National Geographic, golden eagles are the largest bird of prey in North America and protected by law. Many birds are threatened by habitat loss, though the golden eagle currently appears to have a stable population.
Golden eagles have a wingspan of up to 7.5 feet, and dive at their prey at speeds of over 150 miles per hour. Usually though, they choose to grab rabbits, marmots and squirrels... not children.
Registered: 29th Jun 2011
Looks real enough, there again I know little about these things. One thing for sure, I would'nt be spending my Sunday afternoons there again! Just one question, was it his child and why would he be filming an eagle rather than his family and at such a distance? A bit coincidental maybe.
There is footage of Eagles(Golden?) on youtube catching fox,wolf,deer and goats but they would seem to have been trained into it. An easy way of hunting. No doubt we did it too,in the middle ages.
Edited by granny (19th Dec 20122:06pm)
...and those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.FN
[quote=granny]Looks real enough, there again I know little about these things. One thing for sure, I would'nt be spending my Sunday afternoons there again! Just one question, was it his child and why would he be filming an eagle rather than his family and at such a distance? A bit coincidental maybe.
There is footage of Eagles(Golden?) on youtube catching fox,wolf,deer and goats but they would seem to have been trained into it. An easy way of hunting. No doubt we did it too,in the middle ages. [/quote Granny we were not all around in the middle ages. Lol
Registered: 2nd May 2011
Loc: West Kirby
I was surprised a 'wild' eagle would come that close to a person (the mother), even if there was a possible prey available. Surely most wild animals/birds are pretty scared of us people - and I can't see a golden eagle flying over a park looking for food.
Could it have been a trained eagle (I won't say tame, I've had one on my arm!), trained to pick up a rag doll, then the camera is conveniently pointed at the ground (puff, puff, panicky running...), then mum is comforting a real Baby, dressed the same as the rag doll?
The United States of America chose the bald eagle as its symbol because it was fierce, fearless and strong, not because eagles are nice. Keep that in mind when you watch this video of a Golden eagle attempting to fly off with a Baby.
The video, purportedly shot at a city park in Montreal, shows the raptor wheeling over a serene meadow, then all of a sudden swooping out of the sky and attempting to grab itself some drive-thru dinner in the form of a robust-looking toddler. The eagle, flummoxed by the child’s weight and fast-acting father, took off sans snack.
While the image is stunning and Hitchcockian, it is most likely fake.
Luckily for all us lazy internet sleuths, Gawker has already rounded up plenty of reasons why the video is probably a hoax, including the fact that, according to bird expert Kenn Kaufman, “the bird in the video is not a Golden Eagle, nor anything else that occurs in the wild in North America.” Plus, the evil eagle incident wasn’t covered in any Canadian News source, although that will probably change with the buzz building around the internet.
Even if it is fake, it’s fun to watch just for the excellent use of the Chariots of Fire theme song.
Registered: 7th Dec 2008
I suspect that the orca snatching a bloke off the beach is the same. How can anyone just carry on filming when that sort of thing happens right in front them I don't know, especially if it's supposed to be a mate.
Birkenhead........ God's own Room 101.