Man kits out helmet with party blowers to deflect magpies

A man living in Australia fed up with magpies swooping towards him as he headed to work has come up with a hilarious solution.

Queensland cyclist Dr Richard Osborne got the fright of his life after he was first attacked by a magpie. After several attacks he decided it was time to fight back.

"It seemed particularly unsafe to cycle along holding a stick or to wave your hands around in the air. So I thought that some self-contained approach like this would probably discourage them."

His helmet is fitted out with party blowers, and a party popper he can pull as a last resort.

Man kits out helmet with party blowers to deflect magpies
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"I've found it has reduced the number of attacks, but if there's a particularly persistent one, I have another solution."

So far, it's been a great success.

Magpies become highly protective of their young as nesting season begins.

They swoop if they sense a territorial threat.

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