'Eagle Snatches Kid' Video: The Debunking Begins

NPR | Dec. 19, 2012 8:02 a.m.

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Mark Memmott

Here’s a distraction from the day’s heavier news:

It may be a fake — and many on the Web are saying just that. But it’s for real that the “Golden Eagle Snatches Kid” video of something that supposedly happened in Montreal is going viral this morning.

The team at StoryfulPro has collected some of the debunking that’s going on. There’s work being done on Reddit, for instance on the sudden appearance of the bird’s shadow. On Twitter, “@thornae” has been posting about things such as “the disappearing wing.”

The Montreal Gazette, meanwhile, says that “on CBC Radio Thursday morning, bird expert David Bird called the incident a hoax, pointing out that it’s an image of an osprey, not an eagle, as the video states.”

Two-Way readers who sideline in digital forensics are welcome to offer their analyses in the comments thread.

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