An Australian man almost had his eye plucked out by a vicious magpie amid a worse-than-usual “swooping season.”
James Glindemann, 68, had to undergo surgery on his eye after he opened a container of Chinese takeout at an outdoor mall near Melbourne — and the shrewd squawker pounced, according to The Guardian.
“A juvenile magpie sat down in front of me, I had a one-way conversation for a few seconds and it was just looking at me,” Glindemann told the outlet. “I started to open the lunchbox, the next thing I knew, the bird had flown at my face and struck me in the left eye.”
But Glindemann still didn’t let go of his meal, prompting the feathered savage to strike again.
“The bird sat on the concrete in front of me, and saw I hadn’t dropped the food, or I think that was what its thinking was,” Glindemann said. “It immediately attacked the right-hand side of my face,