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That YouTube video showing an eagle swooping down to snatch a child playing in a park is still getting millions of views even after it was discovered to be a hoax. (Video included)
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Here's another good story for your Songkran holiday reading/viewing/listening. This story was originally published on December 21, 2012. If you haven't seen this YouTube video, you'll likely be shocked until you read the story.
Eagle snatching child video fools the world
The video looks like one any amateur might post to YouTube of an exciting incident that he/she unexpectedly captured while filming.
It begins with a view of a large golden eagle soaring across the sky, high above a park in Montreal Canada. It flaps its wings for a short time and begins to make a slow, gliding turn. Suddenly it swoops down over a flat grassy area of the park, slowing its descent with its huge open wings. It picks something off the ground, carries it off for a few metres and then drops it hard onto the ground below.
The camera then gets jerky as the person filming runs forward. Soon we see that the something was a small child, shaken but unhurt.
It's all quite shocking once the viewer realises what happened. Is nowhere safe?
The video quickly went viral, getting millions of views in its first day. As of this morning, views had passed 20 million.
By now, however, many are viewing the video not out of shock, but out of curiosity. News has come out that the video is a hoax, part of a school project at a Montreal 3D animation and digital design school.
According to a blog entry posted online by the school, four students were behind the hoax.
"The child and the eagle were created using 3D animation by the students and then dropped into real footage," it said.
The video took the students 400 hours to create.
The school grades the project according to the amount of views each video receives. Videos that exceed 100,000 views get a perfect score.
20 million views must rate an A+++++.
Story includes information from agencies.
eagle – a large bird that kills other creatures for food with a sharp curved beak and very good sight นกอินทรี
snatch – to take or get something quickly คว้า
amateur – a person who takes part in a sport or other activity for enjoyment, not as a job มือสมัครเล่น
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
capture – to film/record/paint, etc. somebody/something เก็บภาพ, จับภาพ
soar – to fly very high in the air or remain high in the air บินสูงขึ้นไปในอากาศ
flap – (of wings) to move quickly up and down กระพือปีก, ตีปีก, โบกปีกขึ้นลง
glide – to move smoothly and quietly, especially as though it takes no effort แล่น, ลื่นไถล
swoop – to move quickly down from the air, usually to make an attack. โฉบลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
descent – going down การลงมา
jerky – making sudden starts and stops and not moving smoothly ที่เกิดการกระตุก
shaken – feeling nervous or frightened because of something that has happened ตกใจและสะเทือนใจ
shocking – making you feel extremely surprised or upset ซึ่งตกใจสุดขีด
realise – to know about ตระหนัก รู้
viral – (of a video, photo, story, etc.) spread across the internet very quickly (like a virus spreading a disease) as people share it with their friends or the news media reports on it แพร่กระจายผ่านทางอินเทอร์เน็ตอย่างรวดเร็ว
curiosity – a strong desire to know about something ความอยากรู้
hoax – a plan to deceive or fool someone or a trick การหลอกลวง,เล่ห์กระเท่ห์,เล่ห์เหลี่ยม
animation – a film or cartoon using a series of drawings that are shown quickly one after another so that they look as if they are moving ภาพเคลื่อนไหวได้, ภาพการ์ตูนที่เคลื่อนไหวได้
footage – film or video of a particular subject or event ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
exceed – to be more than something; to go beyond a limit เกินกว่าที่กำหนด
perfect score – the most points possible คะแนนเต็ม