Since the giant Haast’s Eagle disappeared from New Zealand several hundred years ago, predation attempts on humans have been rare. Modern Eagles are about half the weight. So, we couldn’t possibly have such an attack right? Unfortunately, that’s exactly what we had here in a crowded Montreal park, an EAGLE attack on a baby. Assuming the video isn’t doctored, of course.
A large Golden eagle swoops in to where a father is with his baby. The bird snatches the baby before fortunately dropping the child. Let’s be very clear here, this child and his family were very lucky. Eagles can and do take prey larger than their body weight, especially if they have young. Their modus operandi is to break the neck of larger prey so it won’t fight back. Fortunately, the eagle didn’t get its meal and the child seemed to be relatively unharmed.
Here’s the shocking video shot by another patron of the park. There is some language here not meant for younger ears, not that you’d want them to see this anyway.
Update: This has been confirmed as a fake by the Montreal-based team who authored this video.