A BABY died yesterday after her mother tripped while holding her as she ducked to avoid a magpie pouncing on her.
The girl had been left with serious head injuries and later died in a hospital after the freak accident in Queensland, Australia.
Paramedics were called to Glindemann Park in southeast Brisbane at 12.05pm after the horrific accident.
A spokesperson for Queensland Ambulance Services said: “A mother had reportedly ducked to avoid a magpie and then tripped over a baby in her arms.
“We transported a baby to Queensland Children’s Hospital in serious condition with a head injury.
“The medical director was on board and also an intensive care paramedic.”
The baby, who has not yet been identified, later died at the hospital.
A young couple walking through the park said they rushed to help after hearing parents yell.
A man told the Mail: “I’ve seen commotion before, but this was beyond anything I’d ever seen.”
He praised the baby’s “heroic” father for quickly calling emergency services while trying to do “everything he could.”
His wife added: “I guess it’s disgusting to see a family shattered at one point.”
Two Brisbane City Council workers today captured the magpie and took it away in a cage, after covering the park and putting up warning signs.
The Australian species is notoriously territorial and has been known to attack pedestrians and cyclists within 150 feet of its nest.