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Hoax Video of Eagle Snatching Baby Goes Viral

A video posted to YouTube that shows an eagle swooping down and picking up a baby in a park has sparked debate across the world — Is it real, or is it fake?

On Wednesday afternoon, a Montreal design college admitted that three of its students created the now-viral video.

The masterminds are apparently three students in the 3D animation and digital design program at the National Animation and Design Centre, or Centre NAD, in Montreal.

A statement from Centre NAD said the video was created by Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin in the production simulation workshop class.

The 59-second clip — in which a baby is snatched up by the eagle in a park and then dropped back to the ground a few feet away —  took the students nearly 400 hours to create.

“Both the eagle and the kid were created in 3D animation and integrated in to the film afterwards,” according to the statement.

It also notes: “Hoaxes produced in this class have already garnered attention, amongst others a video of a penguin having escaped the Montreal Biodome.”

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