Video of kid-snatching eagle a hoax

Screencapture of a video posted online by MrNuclearCat. (YouTube.com)

Screencapture of a video posted online by MrNuclearCat. (YouTube.com)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:39 PM ET

MONTREAL — It took less than 24 hours for a Montreal animation school to admit it created a hoax video that appears to show an eagle lifting a toddler off the ground on Montreal's Mount Royal.

The NAD computer-animation school fessed up, but not before the clip was viewed more than 2.7 million times on YouTube.

A large bird is seen hovering in the sky over Montreal for a few seconds before it swoops down on the child while a man stands nearby.

A second man, who's filming the scene, says "Oh, s---" and begins running towards the eagle, which carries the child for a few metres before dropping the youngster.

The school said three of its students created the clip.

The school also claimed responsibility for an earlier web hoax that purported to show a penguin escaping from the Montreal Biodome.


Here's a clip breaking down the eagle video:

And here's a look at some videos of eagles attacking prey:

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Another purported eagle-human attack:


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