Jeromie Williams Eats The Internet For Breakfast
Less than 24 hours after it hit YouTube, a video claiming to show a golden eagle trying to snatch up a baby in Montreal, Canada has been swiftly debunked and stamped as a big fat phoney by the Internet.
David Mizejewski, a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation pointed to an article on io9 in a post on Wednesday calling out the video as fake, but also pointing out the damage these types of videos do for endangered bird populations.
Thankfully, this video is a fake.
That said, it’s not outside the realm of an eagle’s physical ability. Eagles are large predators that are known to kill and carry off young deer (not always successfully), to pull mountain goat off cliffs to their deaths, and are even used to hunt and kill wolves in Mongolia.
A small human child would be no big deal for a hungry eagle. While it’s not something that actually happens today, there’s strong evidence that suggests eagles preyed upon infants of early human species.
The hoaxer of this video was probably trying to capitalize on the popularity of The Hobbit movie, and even had the child wearing an animal-head hat as if to suggest the eagle mistook it for normal prey.
Very clever, but kind of sick.
Many eagle species are on the decline, and need our help, not bad publicity.
So there you have it folks, the Internet wins again and highlights yet another troll trying to find his or her 15 minutes of online fame through a phoney YouTube video, and in my books when David Mizejewski says it’s so – then boy howdy, it’s so.
Do you think the video is real? Do you think it’s fake? Do you not care either way? Leave a comment below.
UPDATE: December 19th, 2012, 2:25 PM
The Centre NAD in Montreal has posted a blog naming three of their students as the creators of the fake film and explained the following:
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.
The video shows a royal eagle snatching a young kid while he plays under the watch of his dad. The eagle then drops the kid a few feet away. Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation and integrated in to the film afterwards.
The video has already received more than 1,200,000 views on YouTube and has been mentioned by dozens of media in Canada and abroad.
The production simulation workshop class, offered in fifth semester, aims to produce creative projects according to industry production and quality standards while developing team work skills. Hoaxes produced in this class have already garnered attention, amongst others a video of a penguin having escaped the Montreal Biodôme.