Dangerous birds that raid pedestrians in parks and streets are captured and relocated after baby girl was killed when her mother ran away from surfacing magpie
- Five-month-old Mia was killed in a shooting incident with magpies earlier this month
- She suffered head injuries when her mother tripped and fell trying to escape a bird
- Brisbane Municipality received complaints about birds in the park before the tragedy
- Experts are not called in to assess and move birds that are considered dangerous
Dangerous surfacing birds will be removed from parks and streets in Brisbane after a magpie attack resulted in the death of a baby girl.
Five-month-old Mia suffered a fatal head injury when her mother tripped and fell on her while trying to escape a surfacing magpie earlier this month.
Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner hopes pedestrians and cyclists will be safer after an independent study found that the council needs to improve its handling of aggressive birds.
It said the council had received five other reports of magpie attacks in Glindemann Park before the attack that resulted in Mia’s death.
Mia (pictured) suffered a serious head injury and died in hospital after she and her mother Simone were ambushed by an aggressive magpie earlier this month.
The assessment also found that although warning signs were in place, they were not close enough to where the attacks took place.
Under new guidelines, experts will be called in to assess aggressive birds and decide if they should be moved.
“This will happen when a bird is displaying dangerous behavior and restricting public access to their nesting area is not practical,” the council said Tuesday.
‘If a diving incident results in serious injury, experts are called in.’
Mr Schrinner has also instructed the council to develop new high-visibility, site-specific warning signs after raising concerns that the existing ones are ineffective.
“What the report makes clear is that the municipality needs stricter procedures to ensure that experts are called in earlier and these birds are moved,” he said.
The municipality received numerous reports of birds surfacing in Glindemann Park prior to the tragedy (photo, a warning sign in the park)
Experts will now be called in to assess emerging birds and relocate them if they are deemed dangerous. Pictured: A couple who called an ambulance when Mia was injured laid flowers on the spot on August 12
“Some people will believe that diving is just a natural response and that these birds should be left alone. But in urban areas, such as in parks and along hiking trails, we must always put people first.’
The council will have to rely on bird experts in possession of state government permits, as it is illegal under the Queensland Conservation Act for council officials to remove native animals such as magpies.
Baby Mia’s death sparked an extraordinary outpouring of support for her grieving parents, Jacob and Simone, with a GoFundMe call raising more than $140,000.
The parents who were walking together for the first time when the magpie shot them, causing Simone to fall. Mia was strapped to her body in a baby carrier at the time.
Mia later died in hospital from serious head injuries.