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Golden Eagle Snatches Baby, Students Claim Credit for Viral Video

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- The viral debate over whether a YouTube video showing an eagle swooping down and picking up a baby was real or fake ended Wednesday when a group of students claimed credit for the digital mastery.

Four students in the 3D animation and digital design program at the National Animation and Design Centre, or Centre NAD, in Montreal, created the video, the school said in a blog post on its website Wednesday.

The school spoke out after the video went viral, garnering more than 2 million views and 11,000 comments since it was uploaded by the four students on Tuesday.

“When we saw the reach that the video had received and all the questions that it had triggered, it seemed obvious to us that we had to take ownership of it, if only to show how realistic 3D animation can be,” Claude Arsenault, a public relations manager for the university told ABC News Wednesday.

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, as an adult runs to help — took the four students behind it nearly 400 hours to create.  The eagle and the baby were created using 3D animation and then added into the film, Arsenault said.

The university, which provides bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 3D animation and digital design, also responded to concerns for the baby’s welfare by headlining today’s post, “Centre NAD reassures Montrealers: no danger of being snatched by a royal eagle.”

Last December, students in the same production simulation workshop class as the four students behind the eagle prank —  Normand Archambault, Antoine Seigle, Loïc Mireault and Félix Marquis-Poulin — released a video of a penguin escaping the Montreal Biodôme, according to the school.  That video garnered more than 30,000 views on YouTube.

“The goal in that class is to push 3D animation to its limits and to show how believable 3D animation can be as well,” Arsenault said.

“I think that they achieved that,” she said of the four students behind the eagle hoax.  “The video and all of the comments and all of the questions it triggered speaks for itself.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Video of 'Dead Alien' in Russia Goes Viral on YouTube -- A YouTube video of a so-called "dead alien" found in Russia is quickly becoming an Internet sensation. The video, posted to YouTube on Sunday, has attracted nearly 1.5 million views and is now making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook.

Uploaded by All News Web, which calls itself "The World's Only Inter-Galactic News Service," the video's description says it shows a "dead alien" found in Russia's Republic Buryatia, at a site not far from an alleged UFO event one month ago in Siberia.

The fuzzy film, apparently shot as two Russian-speaking men walk across a snowy countryside, features a close-up of what is appears to be the shriveled up body of a tiny extra-terrestrial being. Like the aliens of pop culture, the dead creature in the YouTube video has an enlarged gray head and huge, dark eyes.

"We found him over there. ... We found him around two hours ago. ... It must have been lying here for days", the translation beneath the video says.

But UFO believers shouldn't get their hopes up too high. Benjamin Radford, a paranormal investigator and managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, said the video is most certainly the work of pranksters.

The first "big red flag" is the way the video was shot, he said. Instead of just stumbling upon the alien, the camera man gives the viewer a wide-angle so-called "establishing shot" of the landscape before zooming right onto the alien as he and his friend find it.

"This is film-making 101. We see this in sitcoms, we see this in virtually every film in order to establish a place and scene for the viewer," he said. "It makes sense in the context of a fake film but it does not make sense in the context of someone suddenly finding this alien creature."

Radford also said that the so-called "alien" looks too much like the "little green man" of our favorite sci-fi films.

"You look at it and it's not badly done -- it took somebody probably a couple of hours to make," he said. "There's probably a butcher shop somewhere missing some pieces. ...It's no alien."

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