A baby girl died in a weird magpie accident that was described as “beyond anything I’d ever seen.”
A BABY has died when her mother fell while carrying her to avoid being attacked by a swooping magpie.
Following the horrific tragedy in Australia, the infant girl suffered severe head injuries and later died. “A mother was apparently crouching to escape a magpie and then tripped over with a baby in her arms,” a spokesperson for Queensland Ambulance Services said.
“We took an infant with a major head injury to Queensland Children’s Hospital. A critical care paramedic and the medical director were both on board.”
The baby, who has not been named, died in the hospital later.
The event occurred at Glindemann Park in Brisbane’s southeast at 12:05 p.m. yesterday.
After hearing the parents’ shouts, a couple who happened to be passing by hurried to help.
“I have witnessed shock before, but this was beyond anything I had ever seen,” a male witness told the Courier Mail.
He also lauded the baby’s “heroic” father for dialing 911 and doing “all he could” to save the child.
“Seeing a family torn apart in one swift minute is sickening,” his wife added.
“This is a really unfortunate situation, and our thoughts go out to the family involved,” Brisbane City Council standards chair Kim Marx told ABC.
“Numerous warning signs regarding swooping birds were already in place near the area where this incident occurred, and our officers have since put several more.”
“While only male magpies swoop—and only 10% of males do so—the repercussions, especially when individuals are taken off guard, may be absolutely terrible and devastating,” Sean Dooley of BirdLife Australia warned.
“Swooping season happens only when male magpies are defending the chicks in the nest – for that brief moment when the chicks are particularly vulnerable.”
According to Mr. Dooley, Australia’s swooping season runs from July to December, with a peak in September.
A report is being prepared for the coroner, according to a Queensland Police spokesman.