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The video of an eagle picking up a child and then dropping him to the ground that went viral on YouTube today was fake, Montreal’s Centre NAD confirmed.
The video, which went viral and reached 5 million views in less than 24 hours, was met with sceptics almost immediately, who believed it was fake. One YouTube user even posted another video pointing out how it was all an animation frame-by-frame.
According to NBC News, those sceptics were right. Centre NAD in Montreal, a school that teaches 3D design, issued a statement confirming that the video was created by students Normand Archambault, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin. The three are seeking a Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design and the video was created for their production simulation workshop class.
Centre NAD said that both the eagle and the child were 3D animations.
The school even boasted that videos created in the class have gone viral before, linking to a video that showed a penguin walking around Montreal.
NBC News notes that major news sites, such as The Guardian and Gawker, posted the video without mentioning that its authenticity was being questioned. The Black Swamp Bird Observatory went to Facebook to criticize sites the video, writing, “With all the ignorance about nature that's out there already, the last thing we need is this kind of stupid garbage.”
Here’s the video: