An 11-year-old Australian boy boldly biked on in the face of a swooping magpie attack near his home in Barooga, New South Wales.
This video shows Riley Severyn pedaling home from school when he becomes the target of a swooping magpie. Riley defiantly holds his fist in the air as he rides through the aerial onslaught.
Riley’s mother, Emma, said that Riley has simply accepted that a magpie will swoop on him whether he panics or not. “He’s a champion,” she said.
Australian magpies become territorial during the breeding season, from August to October, and have a history of swooping when people, animals, or even objects get too close. Credit: Emma Severyn via Storyful