No, an eagle did NOT snatch a toddler
The video entitled "The Golden Eagle Snatches Kid," posted on Youtube earlier this week quickly went viral, earning millions of views and becoming the subject of news reports around the globe.
The video's creators said it was intentionally created as a part of a class project to create a viral video hoax at a new-media training institute in Montreal.
The students were promised a 100 percent score if they received 100,000 page views. Within a few hours, they had smashed that target 50 times over.
Valerie Boudreau, an admissions assistant at the Centre NAD said the school had not anticipated that the video would receive so much attention.
"We were expecting some reaction but not this big. The students succeeded very well," she said.
Claude Arsenault, a spokesman for the Centre NAD, said the video was done as part of a project in 3D animation and digital design. Both the eagle and the toddler were created in 3D animation and integrated into the film afterward, he said.
An online debate quickly raged about whether or not the video was real, with many people weighing in that it was fake.
The viral video came a week after a story about a monkey decked out in a stylish coat. He was seen wandering around an IKEA parking lot in Toronto.
Critical thinking challenge: How has YouTube changed what we know to be true about the world?
Define this word: hoax
- Posted on December 20, 2012