Despite being posted only two Earth days ago, the bird-based viral video "Golden Eagle Snatches Kid" has already attracted almost 15 million views on YouTube.

But fear not, as the gasp-worthy clip has since been revealed as a fake.

A design school in Montreal, Canada has come forward, admitting that both the child and the eagle are in fact the creations of three of its students, using 3D animation.

So that's a relief...or we'd have never gone outside again!