The devastated aunts of a baby who died after her mother tried to protect her from a swooping magpie have described the feelings of torture left by the parents.
Mia was in her mother’s arms when a magpie pounced on them in a Brisbane park on Sunday.
The five-month-old girl was seriously injured when her mother fell during her efforts to avoid the bird. Mia died in the hospital.
Family members have launched a Gofundme campaign to raise money to cover Mia’s funeral costs and give her mother, identified only as Simone, and her father, Jacob, time to process her loss.
“Mia’s arrival completed Jacob and Simone’s lives, they constantly adored her, showered her with love and shared her for all their loved ones to adore,” wrote the extended family members.
They said the accident caused by the magpie attack, at Glindemann Park in Holland Park West, had shattered the hearts of everyone in their family.
“There are no words that can begin to describe the torture Jacob and Simone are going through. Such a short life, much earlier than any of us expected. Mia was and will forever be the light of life for Jacob and Simone. “
Those behind the fundraiser identified themselves as Katie, Sophie, Claudia and Steph, all sisters of Mia’s parents.
They said that Jacob and Simone had asked for nothing more than to save them the burden of funeral expenses and the pressure of going back to work would give them room to cry. “We love both Jacob and Simone, and we will always love you Mia … Fly high girl,” they wrote.
So far, the campaign has raised more than $ 43,000 toward its goal of $ 50,000.
Brisbane Mayor Adrian Schrinner has ordered an investigation into the council’s handling of swooping birds in Glindemann Park.
It will include a review of how council officers handle complaints.
“People are the priority here. Of course we protect our native animals, but protecting people is more important, ”he said Tuesday.
“We need to feel safe walking and horseback riding in our suburbs year-round, even in the six to eight weeks of the nesting season.”
He said the council had installed nearly 300 new warning signs on council grounds over the past two years.
“This is an extremely tragic accident and our hearts go out to the family involved,” the mayor said.
Sean Dooley of BirdLife Australia he told ABC that while only males plummet, and only 10% of males do so, “the consequences, especially when people don’t realize it, can be truly terrifying and devastating.”
Dooley said the biting season lasted from July to December, with a peak in September.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.