The Eagle Snatching Baby Video? Revealed as Hoax
A video released by Canadian school Centre NAD has caused a bit of a stir in the last 24 hours, as it shows a rather large eagle swooping into a park and snatching up a toddler. You can hear a gasp as the person filming nearly drops the camera and races to the child, now dropped by the eagle and beginning to cry. The eagle then flies away without his "prey".
The video has already garnered almost 3 million views since its release yesterday, and caused quite a bit of concern by those who viewed it. What if it had been my child? What is going on with the world? This can't be!
Others have also swooped in and examined the video, including Wired Magazine's Rhett Allain, who even went so far as to examine the video for "fake shake", a technique added on electronically to enhanced videos to make them look more real. Although his results were inconclusive, others who commented appeared ready to believe.
As more and more people began to scrutinize the video, it was found that at some points, the shadow wasn't aligned with the large bird, and a whole wing was gone for a split second worth of video frames. Others who examined the source of the video found that the school holds an annual contest for the video production students, in which they are challenged to create a video that would go viral and fool the public, based on superior enhancing. Last year's winner features a penguin who "escapes" from a Montreal zoo...
Under the strain of scrutiny, or to finally let the rabbit out of the bag, the student magicians of Centre NAD finally admitted on the school blog that the video was, indeed, a hoax. And a pretty darn good one, you have to admit.Continued on the next page