The latest viral video to hit the Internet is our favourite ‘overlooked’ video – but only overlooked because of its late release in the year. The video has become an online sleeper hit, and has managed to cause a bit of a stir. It was released on the 18th of December and three days later had over 23 642 699 views, with 55 548 ‘Likes’ and 26 819* comments.
At first sight, one feels as though one has encountered a very rare moment in time. A ‘man versus nature’ scenario and is riveted as to how it will all play out. In the video, a golden eagle is seen swooping into a park. Initially the park-goers do not see anything wrong and are amazed by the sighting of the bird as they whisper in wonder in French.
Suddenly, though, we see the eagle headed straight toward an unsuspecting toddler. The toddler sits, horribly unaware of the danger that lurks behind him or her. Then the inevitable: he or she is lifted up into the air by strong talons. Eventually the bird lets go and the weeping kid drops a foot to the ground, with some very relieved parents rushing to aid.
Watch the video:
Much of the speculation and buzz around the video has revolved around its authenticity: is it possible for such an occurrence to happen? How did the cameraman capture the moment right before the eagle gathers the child up in its talons?
Well it’s official. The video is a hoax created by French students for a project in production simulation. Regardless of that fact though, it’s still pulling in the numbers. Kind of makes you want to question - even more – the authenticity of much of the content you expose yourself to daily, doesn’t it?
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*Note: all numbers are accurate at the time of writing, but are subject to change.