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Amazing video shows golden eagle snatching toddler — almost — from Montreal park [VIDEO] (UPDATE: Big, fat fake)

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David Martosko
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THIS VIDEO’S SO FAKE. READ THE UPDATE BELOW.

Next time you’re up North visiting America’s chilly hat — that’s Canada — don’t let small children out of your sight. That’s the takeaway lesson from a video that spread quickly Tuesday afternoon.

The 60-second clip shows a golden eagle swooping out of the sky and grabbing a small boy from a Montreal park, and trying to fly away with his prize.

Luckily for the boy — and for his dad, who was so busy filming birds of prey that he forgot to keep an eye on him — the eagle wasn’t prepared to carry away a 20-pound child. The animal dropped him from a height of three or four feet before zooming off to find a smaller snack.

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Golden eagles can grow to more than 25 pounds, with wingspans of up to 9 feet. Like the bald eagle, America’s national bird, the golden eagle isn’t endangered or threatened.

But if this one comes back to La métropole, it might find itself on the receiving end of some tough justice.

UPDATE — IT’S A FAKE!

A design school in Montreal has taken credit for the video, explaining that the amazing clip was created using 3D animation techniques

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