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Montreal Metro Bird-Plucker Stands By Her Actions

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A woman who was filmed plucking a bird on a Montreal Metro car is being identified as Christina David, a former resident of Nunavik who now lives in Montreal.

The Nunatsiaq Online, a newspaper based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, reported on a Facebook post in which David takes credit for the act.

David was filmed plucking a bird in a plastic bag by a fellow passenger, who posted the video to Youtube.

The video soon went viral and sparked an investigation by the Montreal police department’s transit division.

In her Facebook post, David expressed surprise at the media coverage and the video’s popularity.

“I'm famous … I can't believe it went this far,” she wrote.

In the comment thread under the post, David says she was so excited by the prospect of a traditional meal that she didn’t give much thought to her surroundings.

“It's not like we get to eat our country food everyday. I was so happy that I didn't care where I was at the moment but all I have to say is that I ain't crazy,” she wrote.

David said reports that she was eating the bird raw were false.

“People in the world are making rumours,” she wrote.

The bird was in a plastic bag, she wrote, and she wasn’t making a mess. She says she was readying the bird so she could cook it as soon as she got home.

“It's their own fault that they were watching,” she wrote.

“But I didn't care. I was just ... enjoying [it] and on top of it I couldn't wait to go home so I can put it on the big pan with onions and mushrooms."

'A real Inuk for ever'

Comments from her friends also saw humour in the situation and expressed pride in David’s carefree embrace of her Inuk culture.

“I'm glad that you are so Inuk and I love you so much,” said one friend.

“Real true Inuk,” said another.

As to the police looking for her, David said she had been to court on Thursday but did not say if she was facing a fine.

In the end, David stood by her actions.

“I will never ever forget anything. I will always be a real Inuk for ever 'til I'm gone,” she wrote.

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