'Eagle Snatches Kid' viral video: Is it fake?

A YouTube video of a dad watching an eagle takes a terrifying turn when the bird swoops down and briefly picks up a baby before dropping him on the ground a second later. It certainly is possible that someone caught an event as incredible as this. But the clip already has its detractors.

First, watch the video below (There’s some NSFW language in the beginning):

The fun suckers over at AnimalWire have just uploaded a great video taking you through a couple of the more eyebrow-raising elements on the clip. Namely, the fact that the baby seems to continue to rise even after being let go of the eagle. Reddit also has a very dense thread going about many of the issues with the video, talking specifically about shadows appearing and disappearing. This photo of a shadow just showing up out of nowhere sums up the problem and points heavily to the video being a fake. But then maybe the “evidence” picture is fake as well? Who can you even trust on the Internet anymore? Are you telling me sometimes people are dishonest?

EW reached out to uploader MrNuclearCat (probably not his real name) to clear up the rumors, and have yet to hear back. According to his account profile, he’s Canadian and joined the site just yesterday when he posted the aforementioned clip, which has already racked up over 2,700,000 views in 24 hours. Not a bad debut, true or not. More important: How can someone’s YouTube username have the word “cat” in it and not back that up with a hilarious cat video? This is the Internet!

PopWatchers: Do you believe the eagle lifted the baby, or have too many Morgan Freeman statements and Twitter death hoaxes made you a skeptic about all things on the web?

UPDATE: The skeptics were correct. EW has just received a press release announcing that the video was made by students at Centre NAD, in the production simulation workshop class of the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design.

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