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 golden eagle circling above the park when it suddenly swoops, picks up the toddler in its talons and flies a few feet before dropping the child.
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.
There is now much debate online on the video's authenticity, with many citing discrepancies with the bird's shadow or wing.
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.