Kid-snatching eagle hoax pays for a scholarship

(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)

The viral video of a Golden Eagle trying to nick off with a toddler has brought in enough money for its creators to fund a one-off scholarship.

"Golden Eagle snatches kid" has only been live for just over a month it's and already garnered over 41 million page views. The day after the video went live, Montreal's National Animation and Design Center announced that the video had been created by four of its students — Antoine Seigle, Félix Marquis-Poulin, Loïc Mireault and Normand Archambault — as part of their coursework in the production simulation workshop class of the Bachelors degree in 3D Animation and Digital Design.

According to the Montreal Gazette, the video earned enough money from the Google AdSense program — which pays US$1 per 1000 views — to fund a one-year scholarship for one student.

The exact amount is unknown — because the account used to post the video didn't have an AdSense account until after the video went live, and because the cheque for the sum hasn't yet arrived from Google

So why can't the students keep the money? Because the software used to create the video was purchased using an educational licence, Daily Dot reported; therefore, any monies it generates has to go back into education.

However, it seems the students don't mind. All four have passed the class with flying colours and have been receiving job offers from software companies.

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