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Video of eagle snatching baby is a hoax by Canadian college students

  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at 3:08 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at 9:11 a.m.

A Montreal design college admitted Thursday that three of its students faked that YouTube video of a giant bird snatching a toddler up off the ground in a Montreal park.

The "Golden Eagles Snatches Kid" video, posted by someone named MrNuclearCat, racked up nearly 3 million views in two days.

"Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation and integrated in to the film afterwards," according to a statement from Centre NAD. The headline on the press release read: "Centre Nad Reassures Montrealers: No Danger of Being Snatched by a Royal Eagle."

The students are working on degrees in 3D Animation and Digital Design.

"The production simulation workshop class, offered in fifth semester, aims to produce creative projects according to industry production and quality standards while developing team work skills," the statement said. "Hoaxes produced in this class have already garnered attention, amongst others a video of a penguin having escaped the Montreal Biodôme."

Can't wait to see what they come up with for the end of the world on Friday.

| Lisa Gutierrez

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