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Aussie Woman Terrified As Magpies Continue To Take Over Her House

Aussie Woman Terrified As Magpies Continue To Take Over Her House

Spring is a season to celebrate in Australia; the winter months are finally behind us, it gets sunnier earlier and it means Summer is right around the corner.

However, it's also unfortunately magpie season.

If you don't know about this period of time in Australia then count yourself lucky. Essentially, Springtime is their mating season and they get very territorial over their nest, meaning they'll swoop and nip at you without a second's thought.

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So you can imagine one Aussie woman's terror as magpies continue to raid and infiltrate her home.

While it might not be Spring, it's certainly not a welcome sight when you see a bunch of the black and white birds sitting in your kitchen.

The flock of magpies keep getting into Rachel Dalgleish's home in Brisbane's southern suburbs via the dog door. She reckons the birds are attracted to her home because of the strong scent of dog food.

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"We're thinking maybe we have to put the dog food outside the house," she's told Channel 7.

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It doesn't help that Rachel was attacked by a magpie at the age of 12, which left her emotionally scarred, according to 7News.com.au.

"It was staring at me straight in the eye, and I turned around and my knee went, crack, straight into a doorway," Rachel told the news channel.

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"It's just stuck with me forever."

Researchers reckon only around nine per cent of magpies swoop during the peak season and they're almost always males.

According to the Royal Zoological Society of NSW, 'smaller - especially younger - people, lone people, and people travelling quickly (i.e., runners and cyclists) appear to be targeted most often by swooping magpies.'

So as we get closer to Spring, just be aware that you could get attacked at the drop of a hat.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 7

Topics: Community, Animals, Australia

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