Golden eagle snatches kid

One second this eagle is gliding around above a park, majestic, then moments later it swoops down and tries to grab a toddler. It's just so sudden and unexpected: the bird looks small when it's far away, but oh god nope that's one of those Hobbit-carrying guys and little red monkey hat is off to Mordor.

It may not be real, but damn it's a good fake. There's more info here.

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  1. Fake because pixels

    1. I’m not convinced either way yet, but that debunking was pretty scant on evidence too. Anyone with an informed opinion that goes beyond “that doesn’t look quite right?”

        1. I’ve been independently described by half a dozen doctors as a “freak of nature” and I love children.  I’d just choose one with somebody else’s DNA.

    1. I would laugh if I wasn’t from Kansas. I live in a densely populated area and we still get Red Tail Hawks and Coyotes carrying off our Dogs and Cats, not to mention the occasional Deer running about.

  2. I remember a bird of prey show I went where the speaker advised fathers to keep their children with them because bigger predators may confuse them for prey.

  3. I wanted to immediately think that it was fake, because what kind of parent or person would keep filming while/after their baby had been attacked by a predator, but then I recalled I see parents push their strollers into traffic expecting bikes and cars to just stop or swerve around them all the time. It’s just one of those special bond things that us folks without kids will never “get” until we have seeds of our own.

    1. For me, it wasn’t apparent that the filmer had anything to do with the child. But, I’m always suspicious when the camera goes bonkers right at the moment of interestingness.

      1.  Exactly. The camera work is as smooth as a Fort Benning sniper, and then it’s all of a sudden, “Oops! The camera slipped!”

      2. The cameraman says, en bon québécois, “votre enfant y’est-tu correct?” – Is _your_ kid okay? With the polite “votre” that one uses with strangers, typically.

  4. I was eating lunch in Bryant Park in NYC about 10 years ago when a falcon swooped down and grabbed someone’s daschund.  

  5. Totally fake – Student CGI project.

  6. Back in the early 1990’s when David Letterman was still on NBC he once set up a stunt that involved an eagle flying between the building across the street and 30 Rockefeller Plaza. One one pass the eagle decided instead to turn and fly off down the street. The audience was laughing and Letterman went nuts, going on about how eagles will grab babies. The next night Letterman claimed to have footage of the eagle snatching a baby, and played a silent film clip of a baby in front of a cabin being carried off by an eagle.

    Paul Schaffer asked, “Was the baby okay?” and Letterman replied, “Yeah, they found her in Phoenix.”

    Someone please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers that.  

  7. Shooped. I can tell because I’ve seen many a raptor steal a baby and heard the laments of its parents in my day.

    /Also driven my enemies before me, but that’s only tangentially relevant here.

  8. what is the maximum payload of yer basic big-ass eagle?  (single eagle, no creepers.  and yes yes: “one Bombur”)

      1.  wow… so they have a payload that exceeds their own weight? (even the extinct Haast eagle only got up to 30 lbs)  but maybe if the baby was on a conveyor belt was equipped with a large propeller and all the canaries were flying at the same time… hm.

      1. I think quitting drinking has really done wonders for him. And he’s still as funny now as he was then, if not funnier. I also enjoy being able to say I was a fan of Craig Ferguson back when he was calling himself Bing Hitler. 

  9. Yet another argument for having multiple loaded assault weapons with you at all times, even in Canada.  Oh, and kevlar snuggies for the baby in case you miss.

  10. It had to be faked, because no Canadian eagle would be so impolite as to carry off a child without first getting permission from the parents, eh?

    1.  We’ve got a nesting pair of red-tailed hawks near the office park where I work. It’s like having a real-life movie star hanging out in the parking lot. “You may remember me from such classic scenes as ‘bald eagle with American flag,’ ‘medieval falconry scene,’ and ‘stock footage of Monument Valley.'”

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