Real or fake?
At the beginning, the clip shows the massive eagle – with a roughly six-foot (two-metre) wing span, circling a public park – said to be the city’s Mount Royal.
Suddenly the eagle then swoops down and appears to lift an unsuspecting toddler off the ground by its coat and carry it a few feet before dropping it on the grass.
There are many doubts about this but it’s a pretty good video. We do know that birds have attacked people and made off with chidren but it is odd that the eagle would do this in daylight with lots of people around and he just happened to be filming it. There may be anomalies in the video but that could also be artifacts from the filming. The main doubt is that an animal can hoist such a load for any length of time. And, some say it isn’t a golden eagle at all. But, the time is short since the bird drops the child. A bald eagle’s lifting power is only 4 lbs.
UPDATE: It is a hoax by film students:
The “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid” video, uploaded to YouTube on the evening of December 18, was made by Normand Archambault, Looc Mireault, Antoine Seigle and Filix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD, in the production simulation workshop class of the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design.
Do eagles steal dogs? The jury is still out but even if they do try to grab our kids and pets, they don’t do it regularly and they hardly ever succeed.