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Eagle Snatches Toddler at Park & Tries to Fly Off With Him (VIDEO)

by Adriana Velez on December 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM

eagle toddlerI've tried to stay aware of many dangers while in the park with my child. I look out for broken glass, suspicious strangers, sand-eating, dog poo, used condoms, needles (yeah, okay, I live in the city). But it's never occured to me to look up into the sky and beware of the birds.

Maybe we should, though. There's a video running 'round the Internet of a golden eagle swooping down on a park and trying to fly off with a toddler in its claws! WTF! Fortunately, the eagle didn't succeed. But you've got to see this.

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So... big, obvious question here: Is this video even real? It could be a fake. I hope it's a fake.

But let's just go along with this and pretend it's real. Can you imagine sitting there in the park, with your sweet little bag of bread crumbs to feed the freakin' ducks, and some huge thing thunders out of the sky and grabs your kid? Forget dogs off their leashes -- a BIRD! I think I'd be so shocked it would take me a few seconds of paralyzed breathlessness before I got off my ass and ran after the thing. I think there might also be a split second where I think, "Can I really take that eagle?" Because: Claws.

But I am no coward! Of course I'd tackle the eagle and wrest my child from its clutches, like something out of Lord of the Rings. (I've never read it, I'm just going by the ad for the movies.) Thank goodness this never turned into a Mom vs. Bird confrontation -- although, maybe that could be our next CafeMom Studios series.

I don't know. All that stuff about wild animals losing their habitats and invading human spaces for food -- I never though the animals would come for our children.

UPDATE: It's a hoax! Phew.

What would you do if a large bird attacked your child like what appears to be happening here?

 

Image via MrNuclearCat/YouTube

Filed Under: in the news, toddler activities

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  • abra819
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    abra819

    December 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    holy crap!


  • Liz132
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    Liz132

    December 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    jaw drop


  • Vegeta
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    Vegeta

    December 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM
    Big birds grab small pets all the time, he must have been really ballsy to grab a kid
  • cmjaz
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    cmjaz

    December 19, 2012 at 1:09 PM
    Probably mistook it for a cat or something. Scary
  • Jessy...
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    Jessy Roos

    December 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    bahahaha. This is why the rest of the world makes jokes about us hosers up in Canada.


  • Cynthia
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    Cynthia

    December 19, 2012 at 1:41 PM
    It's been reported that this is in fact a fake. The bird is a falcon and the 'child' is a mannequin. This is coming out of an area known for it's film school where creating projects and videos like this is common.
  • Jessy...
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    Jessy Roos

    December 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    I second Cynthia's comment. It has now been confirmed that this video was created by three students at Montreal's Centre NAD which holds a "Hoax the Internet" contest for it's 3D animation students every year. Well, done students, I was fooled!


  • Kaycee
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    Kaycee

    December 19, 2012 at 2:14 PM
    I'm not gonna lie, I kinda chuckled at this. I knew that it was part of a school filming hoax which is probably part of the reason why lol
  • julie...
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    julie21210

    December 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM
    I know it may sound crazy but I actually worry about stuff like this ... Not so much with birds but we have a lot of coyotes around where I live, which is a very populated area, a suburb of Chicago. And they are getting ballsy lately and hunting in packs. A woman I work with was walking her dog ? Yes it was a smaller dog but not tiny, not like a chihuahua or anything and a coyote snatched it up and took off yanking the leash right out of her hand. Never saw it again. I worry about that with my toddler, granted I know a coyote is gonna have a harder time running off with a 30 lb kid I just worry it would try
  • Nicol...
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    Nicolle_09

    December 19, 2012 at 9:03 PM
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