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Man dies after magpie attack
news.com.au. ^ | 05Sep03 | Tippy Hedren

Posted on 09/07/2003 9:08:39 AM PDT by aculeus

A ROGUE magpie has been captured and destroyed after fatally injuring one man and seriously injuring a tourist.

A Mildura man, 74, received severe eye injuries when a local magpie swooped from trees in the Victorian town. The man, who collapsed after the attack, died on Tuesday night at Melbourne's Royal Eye and Ear Hospital.

A South Korean tourist attacked by the same magpie was taken to hospital.

Department of Sustainability and Environment officers destroyed the magpie.

A coroner will investigate the man's death, the cause of which is still unknown.

Some Magpies swoop during the spring nesting season.

This report appears on news.com.au.


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1 posted on 09/07/2003 9:08:39 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus
They're all over the place here in California's Silicon Valley and Central Valley. My favorite birds-- as intelligent as crows, but instead of being all-the-time verbal like crows, they communicate with each other mostly through pantomime and play-acting. Fascinating to watch. They travel in large flocks and hold conventions on our front lawn.

And now this.

Bill Clinton's gotta be to blame, somehow...
2 posted on 09/07/2003 9:13:35 AM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast
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3 posted on 09/07/2003 9:16:47 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: aculeus

4 posted on 09/07/2003 9:21:32 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Googolplex Star Thinker of the Seventh Galaxy of Light and Ingenuity)
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To: aculeus
Did Tippy Hedren (Melanie Griffith's mom and of Birds fame) really write this?
5 posted on 09/07/2003 9:21:44 AM PDT by nwrep
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To: aculeus

6 posted on 09/07/2003 9:22:46 AM PDT by nwrep
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To: aculeus
http://www.step-hen.com/magpie.htm
7 posted on 09/07/2003 9:23:21 AM PDT by A. Morgan
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To: sciencediet
Audio of the actual attack
8 posted on 09/07/2003 9:23:25 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: aculeus
Jeez… how big is a Magpie in Austrailia?

The only person I ever saw that was really worried about a bird was a researcher that was trying to weigh Harpy chicks in South America. He climbed way up in a tree to weigh it and he was wearing a motorcycle helmet and some sort of flak jacket. Evidently Ms. Harpy gets upset if she catches you messing with her chick. They’re also big enough to take fully grown monkeys from the treetops.

9 posted on 09/07/2003 9:25:35 AM PDT by Who dat?
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10 posted on 09/07/2003 9:29:05 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: aculeus
I didn't know Heckle and Jeckle were dangerous.


11 posted on 09/07/2003 9:31:30 AM PDT by rdb3 (Which is more powerful: The story or the warrior?)
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To: nwrep; dighton; general_re
Did Tippy Hedren (Melanie Griffith's mom and of Birds fame) really write this?

Are you accusing a fellow Freeper of fabricating bylines?

How dare you!

12 posted on 09/07/2003 9:33:02 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus
This thread is for the birds!
13 posted on 09/07/2003 9:33:33 AM PDT by verity
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14 posted on 09/07/2003 9:33:49 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: aculeus
When I lived in Ireland they were always warning me about magpies, they were certain they brought bad luck. Some think Cromwell brought them over! They really are unique birds, quite attractive and comical.
15 posted on 09/07/2003 9:34:09 AM PDT by BonnieJ
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To: rdb3
I didn't know Heckle and Jeckle were dangerous.

I dont remember them being dangerous, just really mean...and very funny!

16 posted on 09/07/2003 9:36:31 AM PDT by cardinal4 (The Senate Armed Services Comm; the Chinese pipeline into US secrets)
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To: Dog Gone

Squawk! Polly can do that! Polly can do that!


17 posted on 09/07/2003 9:37:27 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Googolplex Star Thinker of the Seventh Galaxy of Light and Ingenuity)
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To: aculeus
Gotta get out the .22 and shoot some birds off the telephone lines, helps control the local population. Oh, they don't have pee-shooters in Australia?? I guess they can throw their didgeridoo up at them.
18 posted on 09/07/2003 9:38:28 AM PDT by Porterville (I spell stuff wrong sometimes, get over yourself, you're not that great.)
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To: aculeus
I looked up the Australian magpie.This is their nesting time and they will swoop down on whatever they consider a threat(mockingbirds do this).I still can't believe the bird really hurt him.
19 posted on 09/07/2003 9:44:18 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: aculeus; general_re; nwrep
Are you accusing a fellow Freeper of fabricating bylines? How dare you!

The Tabloidian family shares your outrage.

20 posted on 09/07/2003 9:46:23 AM PDT by dighton (NLC™)
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21 posted on 09/07/2003 9:48:01 AM PDT by gitmo (The medals Kerry threw away were his then. But now they weren't.)
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To: A. Morgan
These birds really can hurt!..I clicked on your link!
22 posted on 09/07/2003 9:53:33 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: Dog Gone; dighton; aculeus
Soundtrack of the actual attack...
23 posted on 09/07/2003 9:54:18 AM PDT by general_re (Today is a day for firm decisions! Or is it?)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast
A kingbird used to dive at me as I walked to work - tangled his claws in my hair a couple times. Not as sizeable as a magpie, but it's hard to imagine a magpie (between jay and crow in size) doing that kind of damage before being grabbed and stomped.

Mrs VS

24 posted on 09/07/2003 11:03:11 AM PDT by VeritatisSplendor
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To: Porterville
Be careful when you're shooting at birds with a .22:

http://www.dailyitem.com/archive/2003/0905/local/stories/07local.htm

25 posted on 09/07/2003 11:08:13 AM PDT by Born Conservative
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To: aculeus
"Australia."

Or Norstrillia, by Cordwainer Smith.

26 posted on 09/07/2003 11:15:58 AM PDT by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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To: Born Conservative
Who would have guessed?

27 posted on 09/07/2003 11:26:16 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: aculeus; Dr. Zoo
Didja ever see the movie "The Birds" by Alfred Hitchcock?

Tippi Hedren made her movie debut in that film and got a little eye damage herself.

She is ok now in fact last week signed Dr. Zoo's dashboard...


28 posted on 09/07/2003 1:01:16 PM PDT by Syncro (Back to the beach...)
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To: Syncro
Tippi Hedren is an amazing actress. Wasn't she also in "Marnie?" This was another movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and as I recall, co-starred Sean Connery.
29 posted on 09/07/2003 3:43:07 PM PDT by bd476 (Message bears repeating: this is no time to let down our guard.)
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To: Syncro; Dr. Zoo
Hmmmm. Google accepts "Tippy" and "Tippi!"
30 posted on 09/07/2003 4:24:16 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: bd476
Yes you are correct, she was in it and so was Connery.

More a cult classic, you have to look deeply to see Hitchcock's genius in it.

31 posted on 09/07/2003 6:34:46 PM PDT by Syncro (Tipzy????)
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To: aculeus
When Magpies Go Bad!
32 posted on 09/07/2003 6:35:19 PM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women.)
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To: aculeus
Well tht's good, more people will see the hits. But, I figure if she wants to Spell it Tippi that's good enough for me...

Thanks for the oportunity to post some pictures from the "Birds" beach today...


33 posted on 09/07/2003 7:07:42 PM PDT by Syncro (I still have sand in my toes...)
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