Mia, a five-month-old infant girl, has been identified as the victim of a horrific magpie swooping attack in a Brisbane, Australia park.
According to locals, the magpie swooped down on a Brisbane mother who tripped and fell while trying to avoid it and at the same time protect her baby daughter. When the mother fell, her baby girl was seriously injured. That particular magpie was a known menace.
Residents in Holland Park West told 9News they had complained to the city council about the bird, which they described as a persistent, aggressive swooper.
“This magpie swoops everyone every time,” one man stated, adding the bird would regularly attack children and adults.
At 12:05 p.m. on Sunday, paramedics were called to Holland Park West in Brisbane’s southeast when five-month-old Mia died while her mother Simone attempted to protect her from the violent bird.
“We responded to reports that a mum had fallen with a baby in her arms, reportedly ducking to avoid a magpie,” a Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said.
The child was taken to Queensland Children’s Hospital with head injuries but died later.
“Everything about Mia was perfect, from her head full of hair to her tiny little nose, and her little long toes,” fundraiser organizers and Mia’s Aunties Sophie P and Katie Hunt said.
“The joy Mia brought to all of our lives cannot be described in words, but is certainly felt in all of our hearts,” the GoFundMe fundraiser reads.
“Jacob and Simone have not asked for anything but time—time to grieve the loss of their stunning little ray of sunshine.”
Mia’s aunties described the incident on Monday as a “blow no one could ever imagine.”
“On this day, in Glendemann Park, Holland Park West, an absolute tragic and sudden accident occurred, where beautiful Mia, at only five young months of age, grew her little angel wings and left this world for the final time.”
“No words can begin to describe the torture Jacob and Simone are going through.”
A witness to the horrific accident had earlier praised the baby girl’s ‘heroic’ father for calling triple-zero immediately and doing “everything he could” to save his child’s life.
“I’ve seen shock before but this was beyond anything I’d ever seen,” the man told the Courier-Mail.
Glindemann Park, just south of Brisbane’s CBD, has received extra signage and caution tape since Sunday’s tragic accident.
The park has also been decorated with flowers, and the bird has been removed.