A massive golden eagle circles a park before swooping down and appearing to grab a toddler with its claws and trying to fly off with him in an incredible video posted on YouTube.

The clip shows the child's parent looking on in horror as the feathered beast, one of the world's deadliest birds of prey, apparently snatches the boy and lifts him a few feet off the ground.

Footage then shows the eagle dropping the child, whose name and age are unknown, on the grass a few feet away.