So viral you can even find it on EG ;)
Definitely fake. Not in a million years could a bird pick a toddler up.
It seems a Golden Eagle could potentially carry 3 times its own weight. The size of the eagle in the film would suggest it's fully grown and could easily lift a toddler. The toddler may only be 20-30lbs. This is well within the limits to pick up....but not light enough to get away with?
Sorry, but it's fake.
Considering in Mongolia eagles are used for hunting elk/reindeer, foxes/wolves/other small animals and dragging them/carrying them along (and I have seen a fair few documentaries on said subject and how it is "barbaric"), it is entirely plausible that an eagle could pick up a small child.
Also, for a fake, it is one of the best I have seen considering they got the shadows to match up perfectly.
Wait a minute -- supposing two Eagles carried it together? Using a strand of creeper held under the dorsal guiding feathers?
I'm disappointed in you all for not using more of the Monty Python reference! (Apart from gmj! :D )
GUARD #1: Are you suggesting coconuts migrate?
ARTHUR: Not at all, they could be carried.
GUARD #1: What -- a swallow carrying a coconut?
ARTHUR: It could grip it by the husk!
GUARD #1: It's not a question of where he grips it! It's a simple
question of weight ratios! A five ounce bird could not carry a 1 pound
ARTHUR: Well, it doesn't matter. Will you go and tell your master
that Arthur from the Court of Camelot is here.
GUARD #1: Listen, in order to maintain air-speed velocity, a swallow
needs to beat its wings 43 times every second, right?
GUARD #1: Am I right?
ARTHUR: I'm not interested!
GUARD #2: It could be carried by an African swallow!
GUARD #1: Oh, yeah, an African swallow maybe, but not a European
swallow, that's my point.
GUARD #2: Oh, yeah, I agree with that...
ARTHUR: Will you ask your master if he wants to join my court
GUARD #1: But then of course African swallows are not migratory.
GUARD #2: Oh, yeah...
GUARD #1: So they couldn't bring a coconut back anyway...
GUARD #2: Wait a minute -- supposing two swallows carried it together?
GUARD #1: No, they'd have to have it on a line.
GUARD #2: Well, simple! They'd just use a standard creeper!
GUARD #1: What, held under the dorsal guiding feathers?
GUARD #2: Well, why not?