Thursday, September 1, 2016

Viral VIDEO: Hawk Drop Big Snake On a Family Vacation BBQ [VIDEO]

Aviral video of a hawk appearing to drop a snake on a family visiting Australia has sparked a debate over its authenticity.

It was uploaded to YouTube by user Douglas Wong, 22, who claimed the hawk dropped the snake on his family as they enjoyed a BBQ in Melbourne, Australia.

“Bird dropped snake on my uncle last weekend. Scary!” he explained.

The video racked up thousands of hits online within 24 hours of being uploaded, however online commentators and bird experts have argued the clip is fake, with some pointing out the snake appears inconsistent in size throughout.

A frame-by-frame analysis also appears to show that a ‘layer’ created during the apparent editing process has not been removed.

However Mr Wong insists the clip is real.

“I’m from China and my uncle was visiting so we had a barbecue to show him the Australian ways,” the international student, who is reportedly studying at RMIT University in Melbourne told BuzzFeed News.

“The snake ended up sliding back towards the river past those barriers. I think it was just trying to get back to the tall grass, not really chasing my uncle.”

Experts from the Australian Wildlife Park told BuzzFeed the footage could be real, adding the hawk could have been bitten by the snake.

Speaking to Huffington Post Australia the YouTube user again insisted the footage was real and said he isn’t offended that critics have called the footage fake.

He said that his uncle was a ‘bit shaken’ by the incident, adding: “We left because I was told that snakes are dangerous here. We laugh about it now, though.”

However many YouTube users to do not agree, andrewford80 wrote:  “WTF dude. This is lame.

“1 - the bird doesn't bank when it turns. 2 - The snake looks so fake. 3 - the awful acting by your mates,”

William Joseph wrote: “Here's a protip for you mate, if you are going to fake a video of a bird of prey, make sure to edit out the seagull sitting on the footpath, 100% that seagull would not be there if that hawk was flying around.”

Meanwhile, Emma Goldstone, from Melbourne creative agency Jumbla, told The Age: “The professional consensus seems to be that, no, it's not real.

“The snake is massive in the last shot, but when the bird supposedly picks it up, you can't even see it. The camera work is too good. Why would a snake be hanging out in short grass in winter?”

The Age notes that Melbourne-based video production company The Woolshed Company have been behind a number of viral hoaxes this year.

The Woolshed Company has been contacted for comment.

Culled from: Telegraph

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