A video claiming to show an eagle snatching a child in Montreal that went viral in December is causing real harm to birds of prey. According to the Wausau Daily Herald, at least one local bird rehabilitation center has seen more than twice the typical number of raptors admitted in the past few weeks, all with gunshot wounds. Similar increases in injured raptors have been reported in many areas.
Though the video was admitted to be a hoax - it was created by students - it continues to garner attention and has received nearly 42 million views. Multiple copies are also available, and very few of them note the video as fake. Of those that do, none has received nearly the same attention, and the word continues to spread that large birds of prey can be a danger to young children. While raptors can be a threat to small pets, they are no threat at all to humans, particularly not in the portrayed urban park setting, and an eagle isn't even capable of lifting a child off the ground.
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