RESCUED: The magpie rescued by WIRES after it was badly injured by children throwing rocks at it in Casino. The bird was released yesterday.
RESCUED: The magpie rescued by WIRES after it was badly injured by children throwing rocks at it in Casino. The bird was released yesterday. Melanie Barsony

No excuses for kids attacking magpie

WHILE I am shocked that a magpie was injured by children throwing rocks at it in Casino, unfortunately I have seen this happen before.

It doesn't make the actions by these young brutes any less culpable, and I can't understand the mentality of these children to want to hurt wildlife.

Sure, the male magpie was probably swooping at them, but only to protect his young. I'm sure the children in question would take a swing at someone who was threatening them, but they probably don't see it like that.

To be honest, I don't think they even care. It was probably a bit of fun spurred on by peer pressure.

I doubt the parents of these children spent any time educating them on the importance of another life, whether it be human or not.

If these kids are prepared to knock a magpie to the ground with rocks, what else are they capable of? What else do they think is acceptable behaviour?

I could accept ignorance as a defence from kids in a built-up metropolitan area who did not know what a magpie was, or didn't have any contact with wildlife. But for kids in a rural area there is no excuse.

The children responsible are lucky they weren't caught in the act because they would have had officials swooping in on them and reading them the riot act.

I commend the hard work of the volunteers for wildlife groups who take in these injured birds and animals, help them recover and then send them on their way.

Keep up the good work. It is greatly appreciated.



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