Media professor admits eagle grabbing toddler video was hoax
A blogger has claimed that the YouTube video showing an eagle swooping in on a toddler and trying to fly off with him is a hoax.
The viral video is the work of some creative students at the Montreal-based Centre NAD.
A blog post owned up to the fact that the video was the work of pupils studying the school's 3D Animation and Digital Design program.
In the video, a massive golden eagle circles a park before swooping down and appearing to grab a toddler with its claws and trying to fly off with him.
The eagle, with a roughly six-foot wing span, was videoed apparently snatching the toddler and lifting it a few feet off the ground
The clip shows the child's parent looking on in horror as the feathered beast apparently snatches the boy and lifts him a few feet off the ground.
Footage then shows the world's deadliest bird of prey dropping the child, whose name and age are unknown, on the grass a few feet away.
However, YouTube posters suggested that the video is an elaborate hoax with several claiming to have proved it's a fake.
The students took to a blog to explain how they fooled their astonished audience.
"Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation and integrated into the film afterwards," the Daily Mail quoted the school as writing, revealing that students Normand Archambault, Loic Mireault and Felix Marquis-Poulin were behind the clip.
This isn't the first time Centre NAD's work has created a buzz: students in the program have previously created hoax videos that have also gone viral, including one showing an escaped penguin from the Montreal Biodome.