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Eagle Snatches Kid in Montreal Park? - VIDEO


Amateur video of a golden eagle in a Montreal park is quickly going viral along with a raging online debate over whether the footage is real or not. All said, it's some gripping footage to watch, fake or not, and a reminder that parents should keep an eye out for eagles, because this could technically happen.


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  1. Faked.

    Posted by: dc20008 | Dec 19, 2012 9:15:44 AM

  2. Fake there is no shadow of the bird with the kid in flight stop the film when the bird has the child and see.......

    Posted by: aj | Dec 19, 2012 9:20:50 AM

  3. I blame gay marriage.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Dec 19, 2012 9:37:41 AM

  4. looks fake to me, ESP after seeing the zoomed footage opted here. The kid looks CGI and his movements aren't convincing.

    Posted by: Jack | Dec 19, 2012 9:39:34 AM

  5. Yes, i think it's fake too

    Posted by: jjose712 | Dec 19, 2012 9:46:38 AM

  6. If the parents had a semi-automatic weapon it never would have happened.

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 19, 2012 9:51:26 AM

  7. It's not fake. We have lost chickens, roosters, and last month a cat to large birds of prey. Depending on how big the bird, they will go for dogs and kids but more likely to drop them before pecking out their eyes. I have seen this happen first hand here in SE Texas. We do not have eagles here , but large hawks and owls. This eagle is WAY bigger than our birds this is not fake but quite real my friends.

    Posted by: Stephen | Dec 19, 2012 9:57:37 AM

  8. I wish more eagles would do this to all the yappy little purse dogs out there.

    Posted by: Rick | Dec 19, 2012 10:12:32 AM

  9. YES! I knew I loved birds-of-prey for a reason. I hope this wasn't an isolated incident - but more of a test run on a pending globally-concerted effort at child eradication by our avian brethren. I salute you, winged crusader.

    Posted by: Bollux | Dec 19, 2012 10:12:48 AM

  10. Look again, guys, there definitely is a shadow ... watch it close in on the kid as he drops back down to the ground. I don't know if it's real or not, but there IS a shadow.

    Posted by: MDK | Dec 19, 2012 10:18:25 AM

  11. Funny either way.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Dec 19, 2012 10:26:12 AM

  12. Faked or not, this is a coded warning about Gay sexual predators--probably has the prints of AFA all over it.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Dec 19, 2012 10:35:55 AM

  13. @BOLLUX: LOL. "I salute you, winged crusader." First genuine laugh of the morning. Thanks!

    Posted by: AJ | Dec 19, 2012 10:45:37 AM

  14. Not real, kid would be dead, eagles strike around the neck and snap it before flying off. They don't pick up their prey till its unconscious

    Posted by: thrutch | Dec 19, 2012 10:57:02 AM

  15. @THRUTCH, your wrong. I see birds of prey every day, and I have seen what they will and will not do. They have been known to pick up dogs and drop them miles have the dog come back home later.

    Posted by: Stephen | Dec 19, 2012 11:12:22 AM

  16. I don't doubt that this is possible ,but the video is a fake. Check the HuffPo link... lots of signs of digital tampering.

    Posted by: jack | Dec 19, 2012 11:27:53 AM

  17. Are all of you insane?

    These birds do not interact with humans, at all, ever.

    "Depending on how big the bird, they will go for dogs and kids but more likely to drop them before pecking out their eyes."

    When was the last time a child had his/her eyes pecked out by an eagle/hawk/falcon/owl? Get a grip.

    Posted by: BC | Dec 19, 2012 12:44:06 PM

  18. This COULD be true, not sure if it is. Humans are vulnerable meat and meat alone to a whole lot of animals who'll eat us if and when they can. The best we can do is get even.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 19, 2012 1:30:04 PM

  19. Eagles don't go after prey they don't recognize. Their maximum payload is probably about 10 lbs. They might attack an animal on the ground and eat it right there though.

    Of course they could try to pick up a child, but it's unlikely.

    The video is suspicious because they concentrate on the bird, then drop the camera at a key point.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 19, 2012 1:47:10 PM

  20. Given the fact two of my Indian names contain our words for "golden eagle," and because I frequently wear golden eagle feathers, I feel an obligation to share this response from the National Eagle Center:

    Golden eagle does NOT snatch kid!

    DECEMBER 19, 2012
    We feel it necessary to respond to the new viral online video, “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid” which allegedly depicts a golden eagle grabbing a toddler in a park in Montreal. We find this video dangerously misleading.
    First, the bird involved is NOT a golden eagle. While golden eagles can be found near Montreal, they are rarely if ever seen in and around the parks within the city. The bird in the video is a large bird of prey, but not one found in North America as far as any identification is possible. Scott Mehus, Co-Coordinator of the Golden Eagle Project and Education Director of the National Eagle Center says definitively that “this is not a golden eagle. In fact, from what I can see, it can’t be identified as any North American raptor.”
    The call heard on the video is a giveaway that the video has been altered. A golden eagle would not call or scream while approaching prey, as this would alert the prey to their presence. In any case, the call does not belong to a golden eagle. As in many Hollywood productions, the distinctive call of the red-tail hawk has been inserted.
    Finally, although golden eagles are able to kill prey many times their own size, they cannot fly off with anything larger than 5 or 6 pounds (maximally about 1/3 of their own weight). The toddler in question would certainly outweigh any eagle, from any continent. No eagle could carry off a toddler, for any distance. Perhaps the footage was faked with an empty jacket to show the bird lifting it so handily. In any event, this toddler was not snatched by a golden eagle.
    Eagles have had a bad reputation since Thomas Edison first depicted an eagle carrying off a baby in his first motion picture. Early in American history, golden eagles were hunted by humans because of their alleged predation on humans and livestock. Many eagles were killed as a result of these false accusations against them. If this video encourages the belief that eagles are a danger to humans, then it is indeed dangerous for all eagles.
    The interaction between humans and eagles is remarkable. We use the eagle as a symbol of strength, freedom and power. Eagles represent all of these things. They are indeed powerful, but we must also remember, they are vulnerable. Having no natural predator does not mean they live without danger.
    The reality is that humans are a far greater danger to eagles than they could ever be to us. Thousands of eagles die as a result of human related causes every year. Lead poisoning debilitates and kills thousands of eagles each year. The lead eagles encounter in the environment is typically found in gut piles and deer carcasses left during the hunting season. Many eagles are injured or killed in collision with power lines and cars. Others suffer electrocution on power poles.
    People can learn more about eagles, their biology and ecology, from a wide variety of reputable resources. We encourage people to visit the National Eagle Center and meet golden and bald eagles up close and learn more about them. To find out more about golden eagles, you can find more information at Golden Eagle Project. We encourage you to visit the National Eagle Center and meet golden and bald eagles up close and learn more about them.

    Posted by: Ty Nolan | Dec 19, 2012 1:47:54 PM

  21. It's a teaser for "Birdemic 2"

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 19, 2012 6:30:56 PM

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