Story hereParamedics treat man after magpie swoops
Ambulance Victoria paramedics have treated a cyclist who fell from his bike when he was attacked by a magpie at Blackburn yesterday.
Intensive care paramedics from Box Hill and advanced life support paramedics from Kew were called to Laburnum Street to treat the 47-year-old man, who was not wearing a bike helmet.
Intensive care paramedic Bernie Rieniets says they arrived within six minutes. "The man was cycling when he was attacked by a swooping magpie,' he said. "He came off his bike and landed on the road, suffering head injuries, a broken wrist, a possible broken jaw, and cuts and bruising. We were concerned about the potential for spinal injuries, so we put a neck brace on him, and put a splint on his wrist. A drip was put in his arm, and he was given some fluids to stabilise his blood pressure, and offered him some pain relief.
"He was unlucky that the magpie swooped, but given he wasn't wearing a bike helmet, he is probably lucky he wasn't more seriously injured. The man has been transported to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition.'
The Australian magpie can be vicious in the nesting season. As Wikipedia notes, "Spring in Australia is magpie season, when a small minority of breeding magpies (almost always male birds) around the country become aggressive and swoop and attack those who approach their nests, especially bike riders".