Eagle Snatches Kid Video: YouTube video claims to show golden eagle snatching a small child, Gawker website confirms it is a hoax

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Screen capture of a YouTube video that claims to show a golden eagle trying to grab a small child in Montreal.


MONTREAL, Quebec (CBS13/WTSP) - An incredible video that appears to show a golden eagle snatching a small child off the ground in a Montreal park has gone viral.

The video, posted by a YouTube user named 'MrNuclearCat' shows the bird of prey circling above the park when it suddenly swoops, picks up the toddler in its talons and flies a few feet before dropping the child.

WATCH: Video of the supposed eagle-snatching

The toddler appears to be shaken but uninjured.

The video was posted on YouTube on Tuesday, December 18 and by Wednesday morning had more than 1.2 million views.

Almost immediately came much debate online as to the video's authenticity, with many citing discrepancies with the bird's shadow or wing.  

By Wednesday afternoon, the website Gawker reported that the video was indeed a fake.

A Montreal-based animation and design school called Centre NAD confirmed the video was the work of three of its students.

The school holds an annual "hoax the Internet" test, and for a few hours at least, they succeeded for 2012.

According to National Geographic, the golden eagle is the largest bird of prey in North America. The birds have a wingspan from 6 to 7.5 feet and weigh between 6 and 15 pounds. They have been known to attack full grown deer. 

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