01/11/2013 11:59 am ET

Mouse Eaten By Hawk Immediately After Release (VIDEO)

This cadet's rescue mission went horribly awry.

A YouTube video posted Thursday shows a young cadet at a park, releasing a mouse he says he caught in his home. Just seconds after the mouse scampers away, the video appears to show the little critter being snatched up by a hungry hawk.

"Are you kidding me?" the cadet exclaims. "I'm a terrible person. Oh my God, let's get out of here."

The authenticity of the video has raised questions on both YouTube and Reddit.

"The fact that the main character was watching out of the corner of his eye for a bird is what leads me to believe this was staged and probably took many takes," writes Redditor skyroket.

The same Redditor also takes issue with:

  • [The fact that the] cameraman had his finger on zoom. The camera didn't shake before he zoomed, indicating that he didn't have to move his hand positioning. Rarely do people have their finger on the zoom buttons, especially if this was filmed with a cell phone. I'm basing that off of the stepping zoom he used that is very common in cell phone digital zoom scenarios. He could've been ready to zoom in on the mouse running away. If that were the case, he would've been following the mouse since its release and zoom would've happened much earlier.
  • The script, to make you think the guy was emotionally attached to the mouse.
  • "Good luck." Could be either fake or real. That is something you would say to a creature you are releasing into the wild, but it is also something you could say to allude that it's about to get creamed by a hawk.

The mouse's coincidental demise is particularly suspect in light of a recent video -- confirmed to be a hoax -- that appears to show a golden eagle swooping down to grab a baby in its talons.



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