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Here's how much that fake golden eagle video earned on YouTube...

A lot.

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REMEMBER THAT VIDEO of a golden eagle (almost) snatching a child from a park in Montreal?

The one that turned out to be a fake?

Well, the money earned from YouTube ads on the clip is enough to help put a student through college on a scholarship.

According to the Montreal Gazette, the revenue will go towards tuition “for a deserving student” at the art school where the video was created.

The clip was produced by animation students at Montreal’s Centre NAD as part of a class project and released to see if the world would be fooled. It was, if only for a few hours, and the video racked up more than 41 million views.

The exact amount of revenue from Google’s AdSense programme hasn’t yet been revealed – but the Daily Dot estimates that it will come to around US$40,000 (€30,000) at a rule-of-thumb rate of US$1 for every 1,000 ad views.

Also, the students reportedly all got an A-plus grade for their work:

YouTube/MrNuclearCat

Seems fair enough.

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