Toddler-snatching eagle video hoax was class project

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It sure looked real, but it wasn't. A viral video of a toddler being snatched by a large bird was part of a class project on, of all things, viral videos.

MONTREAL (AP) - The creators of a video purporting to show an eagle swooping down and snatching a toddler from a Montreal park that went viral after being posted on YouTube earlier this week now say it was a hoax.

The four people behind the video said Thursday that the video was intentionally created as a part of a class project to create a viral video hoax at a new-media training institute in Montreal.

The video has been viewed millions of times on YouTube and written about in various newspaper and websites around the globe.

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