Vigilantes poisoning local magpies after baby killed in freak swooping attack
Angry residents are suspected of trying to poison magpies in an Australian park as retribution following a baby's death after she was dropped by her mum who was being attacked by a vicious bird.
Five-month-old Mia suffered head injuries and died at Queensland Children's Hospital after she fell from her mum Simone’s grip during the assault by the aggressive magpie at Glindemann Park, in Holland Park West, Brisbane.
It is reported that people have now been seen putting down what appeared to be poisoned food for the birds and council workers have been seen taking away what appeared to be samples of food in plastic bags.
There has been no confirmation yet of whether the food was poisoned.
While magpies in general have a reputation for bothering people in the park, there is one in particular that has behaved aggressively but Brisbane authorities have said that the bird had been removed.
In a council document seen by the Daily Mail, it said that a member of the public had called to say that she believed people were putting down poisoned bait on the grass.
'Caller has noticed some people throwing some food around on the grounds of the park,' the memo reads.
'Caller feels these people may be placing contaminated food for the magpies to possibly kill them.
'A number of people walk their dogs in the park and this could possibly cause further incidents to others.'
The Brisbane city council has been criticised by some residents for not acting faster and removing the aggressive magpie before the tragedy happened.
The Australian species is known for its territorial nature.
It is known to attack pedestrians and cyclists out of the blue at about 150ft from its nest.
Sean Dooley from BirdLife Australia told ABC the organisation was "shattered" to hear about the incident.
"While it's only the male magpies that swoop and only 10% of males do swoop… the consequences, especially when people are caught unaware, can be truly terrifying and devastating," he added.
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