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Man dies while trying to escape from a swooping magpie

Man dies while trying to escape from a swooping magpie

16.9.2019

Man dies while trying to escape from a swooping magpie

The unnamed man in Sydney Australia swerved to avoid the bird which becomes aggressive during spring.

Witnesses described how he crashed into a fence and was then thrown to the ground.

An Australian native Magpie feeds on seed in a suburban back yard, in Canberra, Australia in this illustrative image. A man died in Sydney after he tried to avoid a swooping magpie which gets particularly aggressive during spring.

how one of the birds had swooped on her while she was cycling and even though she continued on the road,"The magpie chased me. A very determined bird."

The Australian magpie is a different species to the Eurasian magpie,

University of New England emeritus Professor Gisela Kaplan

"Birds only swoop when they're protective, when they have established a risk. If you look at the bird and show you are not a threat it will remember your face and not attack you," Kaplan said.

The unusually aggressive bird was deemed a"significant risk to public safety" and even sometimes swooped underneath helmets to attack people's faces,

"I had my first heart attack in 2014 which reduced my heart function ... so while trying to defend myself as it would strike, the adrenaline rush caused my heart and lungs to fill with blood and cause another heart attack," he said.

Read more: Newsweek

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