A one-year-old boy could lose the sight in one eye after being attacked by a swooping magpie.
Little Jacob Gale’s left eye was punctured by a sharp magpie beak while he was at popular Whiteman Park, reports 7 news.
The little boy had surgery on Sunday but it is unclear if he will be able to see out of the eye again.
Jacob’s father Adam said his son “screamed out in terror” as the magpie flapped and hovered over him.
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“It’s penetrated into the lens and they’ve had to remove the lens of the eye because it’s damaged,” Adam Gale said.
The bird came out of nowhere and went straight for little Jacob’s face.
It will be several weeks before doctors know whether Jacob is likely to regain his eyesight.
Thanks to MoM member Holly, who shared some great tips with us from the Magpie Alert website.
• Magpie season typically lasts from August to November in Australia. So you may encounter nesting magpies at parks with trees during this time.
• Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses. Not only is it sun-safe, it will protect the eyes from sharp beaks.
• Paint or sew eyes on the back of your hat.
• If you don’t like hats, try carrying an umbrella above you instead.
• Travel in groups. Magpies are more likely to single out individuals.
• Avoid nesting areas if possible. Use an alternative route to get to play areas and avoid playing around nesting trees.
• Stay calm. Shouting and waving or flapping arms may be seen as aggression by magpies.
• Do not throw anything at the birds or do anything similar that may aggravate swooping magpies further. These birds have been shown to have a great memory and will likely single out people they identify as aggressors next time they visit!
• Contact your local council to report any magpie attack injuries as well as seeking first aid if required.
That’s is so scary! We hope little Jacob makes a full recovery.
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