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Girl hit by ibis on Movie World hypercoaster

Girl hit by ibis on Movie World hypercoaster
A young girl has become the unlikely victim of a bird strike while riding a rollercoaster at Movie World on the Gold Coast.
In a video shared to Facebook by Nicole Ormiston on Sunday afternoon, a girl named Paige is riding in the front seat of the DC Rivals HyperCoaster.
She appears to be having the time of her life, screaming her lungs out as the coaster ascends its first hill, climbing more than 60 metres above the ground.
Suddenly, she is smacked in the face by a white bird that appears to be an ibis.
Incoming. (Facebook/Nicole Ormiston)
The video shows Paige throwing her hands in the air, but there’s little time to process the bizarre encounter because the coaster has reached the summit and is about to plummet more than 50 metres downhill, reaching speeds in excess of 100km/h.
A man seated beside her, identified as Uncle Mitch, registers that she’s been hit by some kind of flying debris and checks she’s okay before beginning to laugh.
The ibis doesn’t appear to have deliberately swooped the girl, but was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“She had feathers on her and a beak scratch on her right shoulder. She’s completely shocked, a little bruised but ok. Not sure about the bird? How can you not buy that video,” the Facebook post reads.
Movie World unveiled the hypercoaster in 2017 and claims it’s the longest, fastest and tallest hypercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere.
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