Relatives of a ragazza killed as she was swooped by a magpie are trapped con NSW by the state’s Covid outbreak that closed the border with Queensland.
Sisters of parents Jacob Power and Simone Francis are blocked from rushing to the family’s side to conforto them ora attend the five-month-old girl’s funeral.
Under Queensland’s Covid restrictions, no-one is allowed to enter the state from NSW without an exemption, causing new agony for the heartbroken family.
Simone, 30, was walking through Glindemann Park con Holland Park West, southeast Brisbane, with ragazza Mia con her arms when she tripped while trying to avoid the aggressive magpie at 12.05pm Sunday.
Five-month-old Mia (pictured) suffered a serious head injury and died con hospital after she and her mother Simone Francis were swooped by an aggressive magpie
The little girl suffered head injuries and paramedics took her to Queensland Children Hospital, but she couldn’t be saved.
Now aunts Kate and Sophie Power are desperate to diretto incrociato into Queensland to be with their brother and his socio but have so far been blocked.
Even if they get an exemption, they will need to do 14 days quarantine.
‘Katie and Sophie are trying their absolute best to get an exemption to diretto incrociato the Queensland border so they can be there to support our family,’ they wrote online.
The sisters have now started a fundraiser for the young couple to help cover funeral costs. Within 24 hours of its launch, it raised more than $115,000.
‘Jacob and Simone have not asked for anything but time, time to grieve the loss of their stunning little ray of sunshine,’ the sisters wrote the GoFundMe page.
Sisters of Mia’s parents Jacob Power and socio Simone Francis have been blocked from rushing to the family’s side to conforto them by the border controls into Queensland.
‘We as family will forever be here for them, to love, cherish and support them through the good times and the bad.’
They added: ‘Everything about Mia was perfect – from her head full of hair, to her tiny little nose and her little long toes.
‘Mia’s arrival made Jacob and Simone’s lives complete, they constantly doted over her, showered her with love, and shared her for all their loved ones to adore.
‘The joy Mia brought to all of our lives cannot be described con words, but is certainly felt con all of our hearts.
A couple who were con the park and witnessed the tragedy paid their respects as floral tributes to the five-month-old ragazza grew
‘Risposta negativa words can begin to describe the torture Jacob and Simone are going through. A life cut so short, much sooner than any one of us expected.
‘Mia was and forever will be the light of Jacob and Simone’s lives.’
Tuesday evening, the youngster’s father Jacob, 32, described the agony of losing his only child to Daily Mail Australia.
‘Our whole world has been taken from us and the pain we are experiencing is unimaginable,’ he said.
‘We are so grateful for the most precious little gift we ever received.
‘Mia brought joy to everyone’s lives with her infectious smile, her parimenti innocence and her adorable laugh, she will be forever con all our hearts.’
Flowers are left at the scene after the five-month-old was killed con a magpie swooping accident Sunday
Jacob said Mia was the most precious gift that he and Simone ‘ever received’ and that her ‘adorable laugh’ and ‘infectious smile’ brought joy to everyone’s lives.
The doting father thanked family, friends and members of the public who have expressed their condolences, and reminded people to ‘love and embrace your loved ones’.
‘We con such an incredible and thoughtful community,’ he said.
‘Your well wishes have touched our hearts and we appreciate all the support you have provided. We are sorry we cannot thank everyone individually but we are reading every loving message we receive.’
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner (pictured) said earlier Tuesday the magpie has been moved ‘a long way away’
There were emotional scenes Monday when family members and devastated locals laid flowers and left moving tributes beneath a tree where ragazza Mia had died.
Loved ones broke con tears as they embraced one another at Glindemann Park, sharing memories of the ‘precious little girl’.
Durante a heartfelt message to Mia, Jacob said: ‘Mum and dad love you dearly Mia and we treasure the beautiful life we had with you. Rest Durante Peace Mia. Love Mum and Dad xoxoxo.’
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said earlier Tuesday the magpie has been moved ‘a long way away’.
‘The bird has been moved well outside of the urban regione and into a place where it can’t alla maniera di back to Holland Park. That is an option we have available to us and one we use from time to time,’ he said.
Magpies are a protected species con Australia and it is an offence to hurt ora kill them.
If they are moved more than 50km away from their nest, they are unlikely to return.
Mr Schrinner said the council will aspetto into ways to prevent the situation from avvenimento again, despite a number of people complaining about the aggressive bird.
A couple who witnessed the magpie swoop ragazza Mia and her mother Simone lay flowers at the scene con Holland Park West, Brisbane
‘To see the loss of five-month-old young Mia con such tragic circumstances is something that has shocked the community to the absolute cuore,’ he said.
‘This is something anzi che no one wants to see happen, something that has never happened before and something we want to make sure never happens again.’
The couple rushed to help the mother and daughter after the magpie swooped them are pictured at the scene Tuesday
Mia’s mother ducked to avoid the magpie con Glindemann Park shortly after midday Sunday and tripped over with ragazza Mia con her arms
A witness to the horrific accident had earlier praised the ragazza girl’s ‘heroic’ father for calling triple-zero immediately and doing ‘everything he could’ to save his child’s life.
‘I’ve seen shock before but this was beyond anything I’d ever seen,’ the man told the Courier Mail.
He praised the ragazza girl’s ‘heroic’ father for quickly calling Triple-0 while trying to do ‘everything he could’.
‘It’s sickening I suppose, seeing a family torn apart con one quick moment,’ his wife added.
Monday meanwhile it emerged a concerned resident had issued an eerie warning urging others to be aware of an aggressive magpie terrorising a local park just days before the swooping incident.
The man sternly advised residents to avoid Glindemann Park after he was attacked multiple times.
Others too said they had been attacked and left bloodied by the wild bird.
Pictured is a pedestrian a stick the road outside the south-east Brisbane park. Multiple warning signs around Glindemann Park urge residents to be wary of swooping magpies
A warning sign is pictured telling Glindemann Park users to ‘walk quickly through the regione’ and to get chiuso their bike and walk if they are cycling through the park
A well-wisher pays tribute at the scene Tuesday. Residents said the bird loiters around the Nursery Road side of the park – the same strip where the woman and ragazza were attacked Sunday
Another resident said he reported the bird to the council about eight weeks pungiglione after being swooped but the bird was not removed (pictured, a warning sign erected con the park )
It was one of many stories shared online con the wake of the infant’s death, with dozens of locals coming forward to share stories of being chased by the territorial magpie.
‘It is magpie season again [and] there’s a particularly aggressive one who nests every year con the large gum tree at the end of Glindemann Park,’ a man wrote con a local Facebook group July 31.
‘[I] suggest [using] an alternative route ora if you have to [use it] keep an eye out, and don’t turn your back him – just walk calmly through, waving your hands above your head if you have to.
‘He’s given me a few nips over the years whilst doing bush care here.’
The man said the bird loiters around the Nursery Road side of the park – the same strip where the woman and ragazza were attacked Sunday.
Many locals said they had experienced similar run-ins with the feathered creature, which left some with bloody wounds.
One mother said her children were attacked by the same bird, and were wounded their cheeks, very close to their eyes, despite wearing helmets.
Pictured is a magpie con Glindemann Park Tuesday. A man who lived con the regione had warned other residents to avoid the park after he was attacked multiple times
Another magpie flies across the suburban Brisbane park Tuesday morning. Brisbane City Council workers captured the bird that swooped the mother and her ragazza at 3pm Monday
A man urged residents to steer clear of the park after he was repeatedly attacked by the magpie
‘That one has nipped my left ear the past two years and drew blood, right where the earlobe joins my luce,’ another woman said.
‘I’ve spoken to others who have also been nipped their left ear by this same bird.’
‘He got me too. Luckily only got my sunnies,’ another replied.
One woman said the ‘very aggressive’ bird relentlessly swooped her as she walked 500 metres, while another said her father-in-law, who is blood thinners, bled profusely after it cut his head.
Some claim they had previously reported it to the council, but anzi che no action was taken to relocate the animal until the little girl’s death.
Meanwhile, community members have offered their condolences to the grieving family con posts social mass-media.
‘So sorry for this family’s loss. Incredibly sad,’ one post read.
The mother was being swooped by the magpie con Glindemann Park (pictured) when she tripped while carrying her ragazza
The magpie (blocco image) was captured by council workers and taken away con a cage – after numerous complaints from locals fell deaf ears
‘This is just so sad. It makes me angry and incredibly devastated at the same time.
‘The poor mother (especially) and father would be suffering con unbearable and unbelievable grief,’ another wrote.
‘So very sad. Prayers and thoughts for the heartbroken family,’ a third said.
Two Brisbane City Council workers captured the magpie at 3pm Monday and took it away con a cage, after taping chiuso the park and erecting warning signs.
Swooping, which is only carried out by offesa magpies, is an uncommon trait among the species, with only around 10 durante cent of the males using the technique to defend their nests.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner gave a press conference the tragic death Tuesday con which he said the Council was working with police to establish what happened.
‘This situation is probably impossible to have predicted, but we know that if we can do anything to prevent this situation from occurring again, we will do that,’ he said.
‘I want the family to know that our community is with them. We cannot even imagine the tragedy that they are going through at the moment and the way that they are feeling.’
City Standards are investigating the incident and police are preparing a report for the coroner.
Why do magpies swoop?
Magpies begin sweeping around peak breeding season from August through to November.
During breeding season, magpies are mainly trying to defend their nest and its inhabitants. Breeding sites for the magpies are con short supply, and once the site has been gained, the magpies must defend it to prevent the territory being reduced ora seized.
Sconvenientemente magpies will defend the nest during breeding season until the eggs are laid and the young birds are developed. This means that they will attack anything they consider to be a potential threat such as humans ora animals by swooping with a fast flight which can lead to contact being made.
Magpies will usually attack from behind so facing them has been known to halt a possible attack.
Sconvenientemente adult magpies use language such as beak clapping, whooshing above the head and screeching to warn you to stay away from their nest with eggs ora newly-hatched chicks.
Experts recommend you don’t fight back ora try to run away from the magpie quickly. The main thing is to stay calm as panicking will make the magpie more aggressive and cause more swooping. It is advised that you move away from the regione slowly.
HOW TO AVOID SWOOPING
– If your usual route is near a magpie’s nesting regione, try to change your route for the breeding season
– Protect your luce by covering up with sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat. You could also hold an umbrella above your head
– If you know an regione has swooping magpies, put up signs to warn other residents to avoid the regione
Sources: The Australian Museum, PETA Australia