Eagle snatching tot video was fake
The makers of a viral video apparently showing a golden eagle swooping to snatch a baby have admitted it's a hoax.
Animation students at Centre NAD in Montreal created the one minute clip which has notched up more than 16million hits on YouTube. Warning: Video contains swearing.
It appears to show the bird of prey swoop, grab the child in its talons, before dropping it to the ground seconds later.
A statement by Centre NAD said: "The video... was made by Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD, in the production simulation workshop class of the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design.
"The video shows a royal eagle snatching a young kid while he plays under the watch of his dad. The eagle then drops the kid a few feet away.
"Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation and integrated in to the film afterwards."
Even before the statement, many sceptical YouTube users had left comments claiming the video was not all it seems.
One user, opennewscast, wrote: "I've been working with digital images professionally for 15 years, and I'm convinced this is fake."