MONTREAL — It is the nightmare of every parent: a giant bird swoops down and snatches their baby taking it to their nest and disappearing forever.
That almost happened in Montreal — or at least, it looked like it did, in a new Youtube video showing a large eagle-like bird swooping down to snatch a toddler.
The video follows the large bird flying around before it descends to earth to pick up a baby playing in the park. The bird lifts the baby but is unable to carry it away.
However, Montreal's parents can breathe easy: three students have admitted to being behind the video hoax.
The “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid” video was made by Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin, students at Centre NAD, a design school in Montreal.
The video, which went viral last night after rising to the top of Reddit.com, was a project in their production simulation workshop class, a requirement for the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design.
The video had sparked controversy as to its authenticity.
CBC News pointed out that if this is really a hoax, it is the second big one to come out of Montreal in a week.