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Video: Students admit faking clip of Golden eagle snatching a toddler in Canada

Published 21/12/2012 | 11:42

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It might at first glance look like one of the most startling moments of man versus nature ever caught on camera. It is, in fact, a hoax.

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In footage uploaded onto YouTube on Tuesday a golden eagle is seen circling above a sunlit park in Montreal while onlookers murmur their admiration in French.

Suddenly the bird swoops down and seizes a child who is sitting contentedly on the grass. The eagle takes to the air but after a moment the todder falls from its talons. The minute-long film ends with the weeping child being consoled by a parent.

Critics had seized on a moment right before the eagle gathers the child in its talons, when its shadow appears to disappear, and the strangely floating way that toddler falls after being released.

Others pointed to the fact that sunny day in the film did not match Montreal's recent weather, protesting that there was no way a person could resist immediately posting the footage to the internet.

Finally there is the issue of the bird itself - according to Kenn Kaufman, a wildlife expert, golden eagles are rarely seen in Montreal and the bird in the video appears to be some kind of falcon.

By Raf Sanchez

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