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Woman claiming she plucked bird on Montreal subway defends herself

MONTREAL - A Facebook posting says a woman caught on video in a Montreal subway train apparently plucking and eating a bird was only preparing "country food" for a meal at home.

A woman, who identifies herself on Facebook as Christina David and an Inuk, says she's not "crazy" and wasn't eating the bird raw, as has been reported.

A YouTube video posted earlier this month appears to show a woman sitting down, bent over, pulling the feathers off what looks like a bird and then eating it.

Montreal police spokesman Manuel Couture said investigators haven't been in contact with David and haven't confirmed the identity of the woman in the video.

The man filming the video says he's about to vomit, while other passengers are seen moving to the other end of the subway car, but David says she is surprised at the uproar the video has caused.

In a lengthy message thread on Facebook, she accuses other passengers and the media of over reacting about the bird.

"It's their own fault they were watching and disgusted... I couldn't wait to go home so I can put it on the big pan with onions and mushrooms.

Some of the friends on the thread posted that David, who also used the name Christina Qualli Poasie on Facebook, was being a "true Inuk."

David also posted that she "wasn't even making any mess."

"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 said.

"I will always be an Inuk no matter where I am."

The Canadian Press attempted to contact David on Sunday to ask her about the Facebook postings in which she suggests she was the woman on the video, but the news service was unable to talk to her.

Couture said the woman in the video could still be charged with disturbing the peace.

"An investigator has to meet her and find out what happened," Couture said.

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