Agro magpie draws blood
KIARA Cummings was lucky to avoid being stabbed in the eye by a bird this week.,
The 11-year-old Toormina girl was enjoying an early morning ride on Sawtell's BMX bike track when she was attacked twice by an aggressive magpie.
The bird drew blood just millimetres below the little girl's eye and left two vivid red scratches on her cheek.
Kiara was wearing both a bike helmet and a cap at the time she was swooped.
"I thought a helmet had hit me at first, but then he came again and I stopped," Kiara said.
Her mother, Christine Cummings, said she had heard Kiara screaming and the incident had put her daughter off riding for the rest of the morning, but she did not want the bird harmed.
She said it had been the first visit to the BMX track by Kiara, her seven year old brother Jackson and Mrs Cummings herself.
Mrs Cummings said her brother had ended up stand- ing beside the track to provide protection for other children.
"It was quite dangerous. Thankfully it wasn't any higher. I know the maggie is just protecting his babies, but I'm just protecting mine.
"Their sight is obviously good because he aimed and came back to the same spot twice."