Swooping magpies to be removed after baby girl falls to death from mum’s arms

The baby died after suffering head injuries when her mother fell while trying to protect her from aggressive birds in a park in Brisbane, Australia

Swooping magpies responsible for the death of a “perfect” baby girl are set to be driven out of the park where the tragedy occurred.

Five-month-old Mia suffered fatal head injuries when she and her mum were attacked by a bird.

The plunging magpie caused her mother to trip and fall on top of her baby while cradling the infant in her arms

In a heartbreaking message on a GoFundMe page, Mia’s aunts said she was “loved by all who got to meet her”.

They said the freak accident had the effect of “shattering everyone’s hearts and crushing [her parents’] world in the blink of an eye”.

At the time, more people came forward to say they’d been attacked by the flock, including one woman who said a bird had pecked at her child’s eyes.

An independent review has confirmed the aggressive birds in Glindemann Park, Brisbane, have been responsible for other attacks on bystanders.

Now new rules have been introduced to ensure animal experts are sent in to remove a territorial magpie when a report is made to prevent further injuries.

According to the Mai l, experts concluded: “This will occur whenever a bird demonstrates dangerous behaviour and restricting public access to their nesting area isn’t practical,’ the council said on Tuesday.

“Whenever a swooping incident results in serious injury, experts will be called in.”

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has also ordered new high-visibility signs be installed to warn people about the risk.

Birds can swoop at people for a variety of reasons but it is often a defensive move when eggs or recently-hatched chicks are nesting nearby.

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The behaviour is also more common among birds who are regularly fed by people and are emboldened to intrude in search of something to eat.

But the Australian review said action had to be taken after the tragedy involving Mia.

It concluded: “Some people will believe swooping is just a natural response and these birds should be left alone. But in urban areas, like in parks and along footpaths, we have to always put people first.”

More than $140,000 Australian dollars have been raised to help support the first-time parents.