A baby girl has died after her mum reportedly fell while ducking from a swooping magpie.
The infant was reportedly being held by her mum as she walked through Glindemann Park in Queensland’s Holland Park, in Brisbane, just after midday on Sunday.
Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics responded to the incident and stayed with the distraught mum and dad for about an hour, a witness told the Courier-Mail.
“That was following reports that a woman had tripped while holding a baby after reportedly attempting to duck and avoid a magpie,” a QAS spokeswoman told news.com.au.
“The QAS medical director and critical care paramedics responded and transported the infant to Queensland Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.”
The baby girl later died, according to the Courier-Mail, with a report now being prepared for the coroner.
One witness said he had never seen parents in such an extreme state of shock before.
“I’ve seen shock before but this was beyond anything I’d ever seen,” he told the publication.
He added it was “heroic” the dad managed to call emergency services under such intense pressure.
Another witness said it was “sickening” to see “a family torn apart in one quick moment”.
Council workers capture bird
The magpie believed to be responsible for the fatal attack was captured and removed by council workers Monday afternoon, according to the publication.
Brisbane City Standards Chair Kim Marx confirmed an investigation was underway following the incident.
“This is an extremely tragic accident and our hearts go out to the family involved,” Cr Marx told the publication.