Video of eagle attacking toddler sparks online buzz

A video of a golden eagle swooping down and snatching a toddler off the ground in Montreal before letting go has sparked an online buzz amid mounting doubts over the authenticity of the footage.

Coming just a week after a monkey wearing a sheepskin coat was found wandering around a parking lot in Toronto, the video purports to show the massive eagle -- with a roughly six-foot (two-meter) wing span -- circling a public park.

The eagle then swoops down, lifts an unsuspecting toddler off the ground by its winter coat and carries it a few feet before dropping it on the grass.

After cursing in English, the French-speaking man filming the incident races over to comfort the bewildered child, who starts crying but does not appear to have been seriously hurt.

Netizens have rushed to see the video, which had more than a million views by noon on Wednesday (www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE0Q904gtMI) and was also making the rounds on Twitter.

But several journalists who watch the Internet closely claim the video is likely fake.

Others have posted stills of the footage that they say show the eagle's shadow suddenly appearing on the video when it was not previously visible.

"If the eagle video is fake, it's a really well made fake," said @DocWan, echoing what many other people were saying on Twitter.

Others though just enjoyed the show. "Destined to be huge!" one online user wrote. "Craziest video I've seen in a long time," tweeted another.

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 (241 kilometers) per hour, according to the US National Geographic Society.

bur-jk-sj/gle/mbx/jmm

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Cole Swindell: What's Next For The ACM Nominee?
    Cole Swindell: What's Next For The ACM Nominee?

    The rising country star, who made it to the final three in the prestigious category (along with Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt), admits his label came up with the script for the patriotic clip in hopes of seeing the "Ain't Worth The Whiskey" singer/songwriter walk away with an award come Sunday night. "Originally I didn't know if I wanted to do it, and I know my band did not want to dress up or do anything, 'cause you just hear that, and it's like, 'Oh man, I don't know about this,'" Cole told …

  • Zayn Malik Thanks One Direction During Speech
    Zayn Malik Thanks One Direction During Speech

    Zayn Malilk continues to play with the hearts of Directioners worldwide. After quitting One Direction, the 22-year-old arrived at the Asian Awards on Friday with a newly shaved head, and proceeded to thank his former bandmates as he accepted the award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. I wanna thank God for allowing me to be able to do what my dreams were, I'd like to thank my mom and dad for making me Asian and allowing me to have some sort of effect on the Asian community – it's a …

  • Singer Sam Hunt rising in both country and pop worlds
    Singer Sam Hunt rising in both country and pop worlds

    NEW YORK (AP) — Rising country star Sam Hunt may be finding success on the pop charts, but don't fret — he won't pull a Taylor Swift. …

  • Ringo Starr, Green Day headline eclectic Rock Hall class
    Ringo Starr, Green Day headline eclectic Rock Hall class

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Ringo Starr was always behind the other Beatles. …

  • Mezzo Garanca seduces Budapest audience with her 'Carmen'
    Mezzo Garanca seduces Budapest audience with her 'Carmen'

    By Michael Roddy BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca left the audience roaring for more at the end of a recital in Budapest which might have seemed a little short on substance were her singing not so outstanding. A star of the opera firmament, Garanca sang for only 20 minutes in the first half of her Budapest Spring Festival recital on Friday, with a mix of arias by Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens and Gounod. She sang again for only 20 minutes in the second half pieces of …

  • 5 things from former Bush press secretary Perino's book
    5 things from former Bush press secretary Perino's book

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dana Perino, President George W. Bush's spokeswoman at the end of his presidency, is out with a book that is part memoir, part career advice. Perino is the only Republican woman ever to serve as White House press secretary and is now a co-cost of "The Five" on Fox News Channel. …

  • Usher, Gwen Stefani among headliners for Earth Day rally
    Usher, Gwen Stefani among headliners for Earth Day rally

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An all-day Earth Day rally and concert Saturday is drawing some big names to the National Mall. …

  • Robin Williams the posthumous star of '3 Still Standing'
    Robin Williams the posthumous star of '3 Still Standing'

    TORONTO (AP) — Before the late Robin Williams enthralled television audiences on "Mork and Mindy," he already was a star on the 1970s stand-up comedy circuit — and by the '80s was a leading light for a new stand-up generation. …

  • Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Celebrity News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 1:47 AM PHT
    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce’s #Flawless image is embroiled in controversy once again. On Wednesday, a web site called The Beyonce World leaked 224 allegedly raw photos of the musician. The images showed Bey in full makeup for the 2013 L’Oreal ad campaign — but with the kinds of “imperfections” we all have — beauty marks, bumps, creases. In the wake of Cindy Crawford’s unretouched photos, the images have been praised by critics of a beauty industry that sets impossibly high standards, standards that Queen Bey …

  • Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    omg - Sat, Feb 14, 2015 12:14 AM PHT
    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    The 25-year-old released the video for her third cut from platinum selling album 1989. …

  • My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    Write Away - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:29 PM PHT
    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    For my mother-in-law Mrs. Elsa Yrastorza Yuzon, flying and soaring in the skies is part of her normal routine. But it reached new heights when Pope Francis boarded Shepherd One. …