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re: what would Hitchcock



Even if the myth of avian abductions originated from imagination and speculation based on observation of predator bird behavior, for a folklorist the key thing is trying to figure out why the myth arose and lasted for so long. The key to the perpetuation of the myth is its plausibility. Obviously people believed that it was at least possible that a raptor might grab an infant or toddler, and so retold the old story. One of the hallmarks of this kind of folklore is to elaborate and exaggerate a risk that is rare, scary, and somehow plausible.