Viral video of golden eagle snatching child is a fake

Posted at 7:31 AM, Dec 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-19 08:41:39-05

Don’t be alarmed, this viral video allegedly showing a child being snatched up by a golden eagle is a fake. *Warning, the cameraman curses around 15 seconds in.

YouTube user Cyatek breaks the video down pointing out the computer effects in the baby’s descent back to Earth and the lack of shadow in some frames:

Golden eagles are the largest bird of prey in North America and are protected by law.