Viral fake out: “Golden Eagle snatches Kid” is CGI

Posted at 5:49 AM, Dec 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-19 11:15:41-05

***Update: The truth has finally been revealed about a video that went viral on YouTube this morning. Click HERE***

MONTREAL, Canada (WTVR) – By now the video of a Canadian youngster being plucked from his parents by a golden eagle in Montreal has crossed your eyes. Rest assured no giant birds are coming from the skies to take your children…at least not yet.

If you haven’t seen the video yet you can watch it below. Fair warning, the cameraman utters an expletive around 15 seconds in.

Many YouTube commenters have been skeptical of this "Golden Eagle Snatches Kid" video. The best proof coming from YouTube user Cyatek who breaks the video down pointing out the computer effects in the babies descent back to Earth and the lack of shadow in some frames.

According to National Geographic, golden eagles are the largest bird of prey in North America and are protected by law. They're just not immune to the skilled hand of a video editor.