Coast boy, 4, attacked by magpie at popular park

A SUNSHINE Coast parent is warning others to take council magpie warning signs seriously after his son was attacked.

Bli Bli father Bede Gittins said he and his four-year-old son were enjoying the afternoon in Mapleton on Sunday when a magpie started swooping.

"We went to this park up in the range in Mapleton and we noticed a sign at the park entrance that said magpies were nesting," he said.

"My son had run ahead towards the play area and a magpie came down and it sort of hovered and then went straight for his eye.

The magpie was extremely close with coming in contact with his eye.
The magpie was extremely close with coming in contact with his eye. Contributed

"You can see the point where the bird hit him and his beak went up and just stopped short of his eye. If it had gone another two or three millimetres it would have done serious damage."

Mr Gittins said while there had been a council sign at the park, he didn't think the warning written on it was serious enough.

"I emailed the council and suggested they put a more serious warning on there with something about the potential that you can be seriously injured," he said.

"If parents see this photo and what can happen they'll definitely take some extra precaution.

"It really could have ended up with us in emergency and an uncertain final outcome for his eye."

Council have been contacted for comment.


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