Aussie Postie Films His Treacherous Journey Through Magpie Territory
We're well and truly in Spring and people across Australia have been enduring the inevitable swooping of magpies in amongst the warmer weather and beautiful flowers.
There have been stories popping up all over the place of babies, teenagers, adults and elderly Aussies being attacked by the beady-eyed, black and white birds.
While all the stories are terrible, it takes a video to truly show how annoying these birds are. One postie has done just that to remind people that going through magpie territory can be a treacherous and painful journey.
What starts off as a calm, relaxing ride in the sun quickly turns one filled with swoops and dives and Burke Field has to navigate down his path without being attacked. The first magpie swoop comes out of nowhere and the postie gets properly caught off guard.
"Oh that was a big one! Aw you sketchy bastard!" Mr Field screams.
Even though the magpie continues to swoop, our man realises he still has a job to do and continues dropping off parcels, hoping his trusty helmet will protect him.
He soldiers on and even captures a moment where the magpie skims through a narrow gap created by two gaps. These birds will stop at nothing to get their prey.
While this bloke got out alive, there have been some other people who have fared much, much worse. Police confirmed a tragic story earlier this month after a 76-year-old man died after coming into contact with a magpie.
The elderly man was riding his bike in Nicholson Park at Woonona, Wollongong in the morning when a magpie started to swoop on his head.
New South Wales Police said: "Witnesses report he rode off the path to avoid a swooping magpie.
"The man then collided with a fence post, causing him to be thrown to the ground, sustaining serious head injuries. He was treated on-scene before being airlifted to St George Hospital in a critical condition.
"Despite medical efforts, the man died yesterday evening (Sunday 15 September 2019).
"Officers from Wollongong Police District are investigating the incident and a report will be prepared for the Coroner."
According to Magpie Alert, there have been more than 2,800 attacks this year alone and 386 injuries. The main concentration of the attacks happen in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
So be careful out there because these birds can do some serious damage and even though they may be annoying, they're just trying to protect their nest.
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