Video of eagle trying to take toddler a hoax?

Mothers were warned against listening to The Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like An Eagle." (YouTube)

Mothers were warned against listening to The Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like An Eagle." (YouTube)

UPDATE: Definite hoax by film students.

Original column follows: Video hoaxes are older than the Internet (see Bigfoot), but video editing technology is so good now that it is getting difficult to separate online fiction from reality.

Tuesday, someone posted a video on YouTube of an eagle allegedly nabbing a child in a Montreal (that’s in Canada) park.

In real time, it looks very real. The eagle swoops down and lifts the unsuspecting child a couple feet off the ground before dropping the babe largely unharmed to the turf.

The cameraman captures the moment of liftoff, but the camera loses focus as he rushes to the alleged rescue.

Skeptics say the video can’t be real. One animal expert says the bird is not a golden eagle, as is alleged, but is an osprey. I don’t see how the species of the bird disproves the video.

But other folks with more time on their hands (and eagle eyesight) say the video has been edited. They point out the eagle loses a wing at one point in the video, and a shadow on the ground suddenly appears as the toddler terror swoops down.

Someone else says the child seems to hover in the air after being released.

It’s probably not real. Few things this interesting actually are. But it’s probably a good thing. Parents have enough to worry about.

* Watch the video.

33 comments Add your comment

Ken Malcome

December 19th, 2012
10:08 am

Must be an Auburn War Eagle……………….they can’t hold on to anything.



December 19th, 2012
10:17 am

I agree with him ^ (is it bad that I almost didn’t make it thru the :30 second ad to get to the video? #ADD


December 19th, 2012
10:31 am

Auburn’s plot to kidnap Nick Saban backfires.


December 19th, 2012
10:37 am

wait, wheres montreal ?


December 19th, 2012
10:39 am

another Georgia recruit escapes from the grasp of auburn. (is that you, Boo?)

William of Forsyth

December 19th, 2012
10:39 am

Thanks for the update on the location of Montreal.


December 19th, 2012
10:49 am

Eagles definitely have been known to take lambs and kids (goat babies that is) so I don’t see why the occasional baby grab is outside the realm of possibility.

Mick Dee

December 19th, 2012
10:53 am

So fake.

Probably from some amateur trying to break into the computer generated graphics (CGI) biz, or from a pro trying to advertize his skills.

Real Deal

December 19th, 2012
10:55 am

I think its real. The tooth fairy left me $1 under my pillow last night and I can’t wait until Santa Claus comes down my chimney Christmas eve…


December 19th, 2012
10:58 am

Two things, first, thanks for the update on where Montreal is…. Second, I make videos like this for a living. FAKE!

Ron H.

December 19th, 2012
10:58 am

While it may be a fake video, those birds can make off with dogs and other small animals. A toddler weighing in under 30lbs is probably not out of the question…

Boy, I bet that’d be a helpless feeling, seeing your child being carried off into the sky by a big ass bird.

Leslie ZS

December 19th, 2012
11:25 am

Osprey are too small to pick up a toddler.


December 19th, 2012
11:30 am

Thanks for the details, George, but where’s Canada?


December 19th, 2012
11:31 am

I dont think it is beyond the realm of possiblity, but the telling fact is that no one alerted any authorities about the incident. No one. As a parent, would you watch your baby be taken then dropped by a big bird and then not report it?


December 19th, 2012
11:31 am

Where’s Canada?


December 19th, 2012
11:36 am

The golden eagle is a larger bird, so can pick up bigger prey. Also, osprey live on the water, often directly on it, nesting on waterway markers and they primarily, almost exclusively eat fish.


December 19th, 2012
12:28 pm

But wait! You mean everything you see on the internet isn’t true???? Well damn, just damn.

its real

December 19th, 2012
12:29 pm

A friend of mine almost got attacked by a hawk like this while we were playing golf in Duluth. These big birds of prey are more than capable of doing something like this.


December 19th, 2012
12:57 pm

I happen to know for a fact that this video is real. The camera doesn’t lie.


December 19th, 2012
12:58 pm

Birds With Large Talons

December 19th, 2012
1:18 pm

This incident is a prime example of why Napoleon Dynamite was hesitant to work in the chicken house.

Not even wrong

December 19th, 2012
1:31 pm

Look at the child at the end, his movements do not match being snatched but match walking. It is fake


December 19th, 2012
1:32 pm

Oh by the way, they’re real and they’re spectacular!


December 19th, 2012
1:43 pm

Governement Educated

December 19th, 2012
1:53 pm

First of all, I don’t believe there is anyplace called Montreal….let alone a country called Canada! Who would try to make up a story about a snowy winter wonderland north of the United States where the police ride horses and yoddle and they drink maple syrup for breakfast! Obviously fake….


December 19th, 2012
2:15 pm

The reason the species makes a difference is because of the characteristics of the Osprey. Fish make up 99% of the osprey’s diet. This kid aint a fish nor is he even near the water. Also, the osprey’s maximum body weight is only about 5 lbs and the prey they take are generally no more than about 4 lbs (usually much smaller). Thus, unless this is a newborn baby, which it isn’t, the child is at least 3X heavier than what this bird normally tackles.

I say fake. Even if this were some freak thing the child would be in no danger because he/she is way too big for an osprey to carry off.


December 19th, 2012
2:19 pm

Honest to God- this happened to my son when he was 18 months. I jumed in the way before the eagle got him and scared him away. It IS possible.


December 19th, 2012
2:25 pm

So, the most “expert” debunking on the net says that it is a real bird, just not an eagle or osprey, and it is picking up a real object, just not a real baby – probably a doll. If true, then that explains why the effects are better than any of the computer generated stuff I’ve seen in recent Hollywood movies.


December 19th, 2012
2:40 pm

Thank god the kid had a load in his pants or else wise it would have been lift off.


December 19th, 2012
2:52 pm

This is not an Osprey. The size of the chest, it’s thickness, especially, is not that of an Osprey. The white flash in the wing seems unusual but Golden Eagles do have this quality in some of its phases. It is hard to imagine that it is a phony production, but anything is possible. However, gauging from the aerial positioning and the reactions of those on the ground, it looked real and not a scene from Birds.

Government Educated

December 19th, 2012
4:39 pm

So here is how to find out for reals. Find the mother and ask her! The only problem would be if she only speaks Canadian and there is no one to translate…..


December 19th, 2012
6:55 pm

Osprey are not big enough to lift and fly off with a child that big. Doesn’t look like the Osprey we have here on our coast. Could be a hoax, though. A mature Golden or Bald eagle is big enough to do the job.


December 19th, 2012
7:09 pm

A bird that’s at its biggest is what, 15 pounds? It picks up a mass roughly its same size and carries it?

No, no and no. You don’t need video experts to explain that.