Kidnapper from the skies: The terrifying moment a golden eagle ‘swooped down and snatched up a toddler’ as he played in park

December 19, 2012 6:11 pm 0 comments Views: 923

A massive golden eagle circles a park before swooping down and appearing to grab a toddler with its claws and trying to fly off with him in an incredible video posted on YouTube.

The clip shows the child’s parent looking on in horror as the feathered beast, one of the world’s deadliest birds of prey, apparently snatches the boy and lifts him a few feet off the ground.

Footage then shows the eagle dropping the child, whose name and age are unknown, on the grass a few feet away. However, YouTube posters have suggested the video is an elaborate hoax with several claiming to have proved it’s a fake.

The eagle – with a roughly six-foot wing span – was videoed apparently snatching the toddler and lifting it a few feet off the ground

This grainy close-up shows how the huge feathered beast, one of the world's deadliest birds of prey, appears to get hold of the youngsterThis grainy close-up shows how the huge feathered beast, one of the world’s deadliest birds of prey, appears to get hold of the youngster

Video of the apparent incident starts with footage of the eagle – with a roughly six-foot wing span – flying over a public park in Montreal, Canada.

But when the eagle swoops down the French-speaking man filming the incident zooms in.

After swearing in English, he races over to comfort the bewildered child, who starts crying but does not appear to have been seriously hurt.

‘A golden eagle tries to snatch a baby in Montreal! What if he got away with it!?’ reads a caption under the video, posted by MrNuclearCat.

The video had just 311 views early Wednesday but was making the rounds on Twitter.

‘Destined to be huge!’ one user wrote. ‘Craziest video I’ve seen in a long time,’ tweeted another.

However, many YouTube posters claimed it was a CGI hoax. One user Cyatek broke the video down and claimed special effects were used to fake it and there is lack of shadow in some frames.

The golden eagle is the largest bird of prey in North America, and can dive at its quarry at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour, according to the U.S. National Geographic Society.

If the video is real, the eagle probably mistook the toddler for a rabbit, marmot or ground squirrel, its normal prey.

The clip starts with footage of a golden eagle flying over a public park in CanadaThe clip starts with footage of a golden eagle flying over a public park in Canada

 

The camera follows the eagle as it swoops down near the ground, and towards a child, seen here in the centreThe camera follows the eagle as it swoops down near the ground, and towards a child, seen here in the centre

This is the moment the giant eagle grabs the child by his winter coat as he sits on the grass in a parkThis is the moment the giant eagle grabs the child by his winter coat as he sits on the grass in a park

Incredibly, the bird takes off with the child in its claws, lifting it a couple of feet off the groundIncredibly, the bird takes off with the child in its claws, lifting it a couple of feet off the ground. At this point the parent hasn’t noticed

 

Horrifying: The parent notices and and tries to run after the eagleHorrifying: The parent notices and and tries to run after the eagle, but there is little anyone can do

The eagle loosens its grip on the child and drops it from a few feet in the airThe eagle, pictured showing it’s huge wingspan, loosens its grip on the child and drops it from a few feet in the air

Back down to earth: The child falls down onto the grass as the eagle flies offBack down to earth: The child falls down onto the grass as the eagle, who must have mistaken the little boy for prey, flies off

 

After the incident: Thankfully the child wasn't seriously hurt by the eagle, although the child does look shakenAfter the incident: Thankfully the child wasn’t seriously hurt by the eagle, although the child does look shaken

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