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  1. brandonmwest says:

    Fake because pixels http://io9.com/5969695/that-crazy-video-of-a-golden-eagle-trying-to-make-off-with-a-toddler-yeah-its-a-fake

  2. schlocktober says:

    UAV satire?

  3. Aaron Swain says:

    Holy fucking shit!  Might want to consider this video before buying one of those adorable knitted beanies from Etsy for your kid…

  4. Digilante says:

    Oh man, and there I was rooting for the eagle. Gad I hate children.

    • Brainspore says:

      Oh, you must be one of those insta-clones. Neat!

      • Digilante says:

         If you were blessed by as many genetic f-ups as I am, you’d also hate the whole concept.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          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.

  5. lknope says:

    All of a sudden that wire cage for babies the Kansas State Board of Health was advocating doesn’t seem so bad.


    • Isaac Rinke says:

      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.

  6. Ashen Victor says:

    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.

  7. Navin_Johnson says:

    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.

    • EH says:

      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.

      • knoxblox says:

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

      • dollarama says:

        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.

  8. Nylund says:

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

  9. Friendly_Stranger says:

    Totally fake – Student CGI project. http://blogue.centrenad.com/2012/12/19/le-centre-nad-rassure-les-montrealais-aucun-danger-denlevement-par-un-aigle-royal/

  10. Christopher says:

    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.  

  11. Ian Wood says:

    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.

  12. theophrastvs says:

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

  13. Christopher says:

    “I just thought I’d pop round to the shops. FUCK! AN EAGLE!”–Craig Ferguson


    • millie fink says:

      Amazing how much better looking he is now!

      • Christopher says:

        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. 

  14. awjt says:

    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.

  15. davide405 says:

    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?

  16. s2redux says:

    ::sigh:: As usual, the red-tailed hawk gets no credit for the sound effect.

    •  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.'”

  17. franko says:

    if you follow @TweetsOfOld, they’ve been putting out links to “eagle snags baby” stories all morning from newspaper accounts going back to the late 1800s. fun stuff. [EDIT: here’s a link to the stream: https://twitter.com/TweetsofOld

  18. Dan Mcenroe says:

    So, the eagle is CG but they really made the kid cry, right?

  19. These scientists say that it is fake, and are pretty annoyed at whoever has been besmirching this bird’s reputation like this.

    Black Swamp Bird Observatory:

  20. skeptacally says:

    Dear Eagle,

    You are completely cramping my style.


  21. Stjohn says:

    I’d say that’s more of a “big bastarding burd like a simurg or a lammergeier.”

  22. Bram Janssen says:

    In ye olden days this actually happened. There is even a pre-human sapiens fossil found with clawmarks on them.