“The joy that Mia has brought to all of our lives cannot be described in words, but it is certainly felt in all of our hearts,” reads on the GoFundMe page, which was created by the girl’s aunts for. help parents Jacob and Simone with her expenses. funeral. So far, the fundraiser has raised over $ 110,000 (in Australian dollars).
The tragic incident happened on Sunday afternoon after Simone was accosted by one of the Oreo colored birds as she was carrying the 5 month old to Glindemann Park in Holland Park West in Brisbane, Queensland , reported the Australian Broadcasting Corp. The mother reportedly tripped and fell while trying to avoid the dive bomber bird, causing serious injuries to baby Mia’s head. The little one was rushed to Queensland Children’s Hospital, where she sadly died.
The tragedy comes after officials in Brisbane removed several magpies from the park in an attempt to curb the aerial assaults, which typically occur during the breeding season between July and December, ABC reported.
“Diving season is only when the male magpies defend the chicks in the nest,” said Sean Dooley of BirdLife Australia. “Although it’s only the male magpies that dive and only 10% of the males dive… the consequences, especially when people are caught off guard, can be truly terrifying and devastating. “
Suffice it to say that the child’s family and admirers were devastated by his passing.
“She was gorgeous and loved by everyone who met her,” Mia’s devastated aunts Sophie and Katie wrote in the description of the fundraiser, adding that “Mia was and forever will be the light of the life of Jacob and Simone ”.
A bereaved donor shared his sentiment in the comments section, writing: “My heart is broken, I can’t imagine the pain you all go through after such tragic circumstances. I am so sorry with all my heart. “
“I send my condolences and heartfelt thoughts to your family at this very sad time,” added another.
Meanwhile, a witness to the gruesome scene praised Mia’s father, Jacob, for quickly calling emergency services while trying to do “whatever he could” to save his daughter’s life, he said. reported the Daily Mail.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time that a Glindemann Park enthusiast has been pelted by magpies, with many blaming one angry bird in particular.
“There’s one particularly aggressive one that nests in the big gum tree at the end of Glindemann Park every year,” wrote a visitor to a local Facebook group on July 31. Indeed, many residents have reported clashes with the ferocious sack of feathers, with one woman reporting that it “bit my left ear for the past two years and spilled blood.”
In fact, the overflight peaks became so severe that the park erected signs advising visitors to wear hats and umbrellas to protect themselves from squealers. They’ve added more markers since Mia’s untimely death.
Sadly, the incidents are not limited to Brisbane. Last October, a Melbourne man had to undergo surgery after one of the evil birds nearly tore out his eye in a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’.