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Golden eagle video a 'fake' created by students


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The video of a golden eagle snatching up a toddler went viral after being posted on YouTube on Tuesday, but has been revealed to be a fake.

The YouTube sensation, which currently has over 16 million views, shows a golden eagle picking up a toddler and carrying it for a moment or two before dropping it back down on the grass. Though it went viral within a few hours of being uploaded, it wasn’t long before experts and sceptics began to declare it a ‘fake’.

And their judgement has now been revealed as true. Three 3D animation students, Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin, have come forward as the makers of the video – created for a uni project. Considering that they needed to get over 100,000 views for a perfect grade, there can be little doubt about their score, which will hopefully be worth the 400 hours of work that went into the video.

The students thought carefully about the best way to get their video noticed. “We brainstormed some ideas of what is viral online,” said Normand Archambault. “Everything that is animal related and baby related are super popular so we tried to bring both together and make something extraordinary that wouldn't happen every day.”

A number of YouTube comments that insist the footage is genuine are still appearing on the video however.

Watch it here.

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