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Dangerous Seagulls

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Please Don't Feed the Seagulls

Funny picture: Do not feed the seagulls I wondered why anyone would put up a sign saying: Please Do Not Feed Seagulls.  The answer in an article from the South Devon newspaper the Herald Express.  (See underneath the picture.)

Helmets Deflect Seagull Attacks

Workers at a Devon council have been issued with crash helmets - to protect them from dive-bombing seagulls.  Flocks of seagulls have been attacking staff who collect weather data from the roof of council offices in Newton Abbot. One victim, David Potter, said: 'It can be really bad and it's getting worse. It is my fourth year doing the job and there are more and more gulls.  'The big gulls swoop at my head and are backed up by half a dozen others which scream and dive-bomb me. 'It's very distressing but at least we now have crash helmets to protect us from being pecked about the head and face.' The data is collected every day and is used by the Met Office as part of its national record-keeping and weather forecasting.  A Teignbridge District Council spokesman said the helmets were issued as a security measure to staff. Reported in the local South Devon newspaper the Herald Express. Footnote While the seagull article from the Herald Express is genuine, I confess that the seagull photograph is taken elsewhere.

Sam SeagullSeagull sam eating doritos

A pilfering seagull has turned shoplifter by wandering into a store and helping himself to his favourite crisps. The fearless bird lies in wait every day and pounces at a corner shop in Aberdeen, Scotland, when the door opens. He sneaks in, grabs his spicy Doritos, then flies off with them in his beak and shares them with other birds. The seagull, nicknamed Sam by staff and customers, has become so popular locals have started paying for his crisps. Shop assistant Sriaram Nagarajan reported: 'At first I didn't believe a seagull was capable of stealing crisps. But I saw it with my own eyes and I was surprised. He's very good at it. He's becoming a bit of a celebrity. Seagulls are usually not that popular but Sam is a star because he's so funny.' See picture above right, Sam Seagull and his pals eating the 'stolen' Doritos.Funny picture: Do not feed the seagulls Dangerous Seagulls - please do not feed

Dangerous Seagulls

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However, Please Note: It is Forbidden to Eat Seagulls

Seagulls eat ice-cream

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Not a Seagull - But a RavenSeagull Toilet

Dangerous Seagulls - please do not feed

Well, He Had Been Warned!

Pigeon droppings Park under the billboard at you own risk!Dangerous Seagull spoils playtime

Dangerous Seagulls Spoil Playtime

Some schools in the town of Porec in Croatia are having to cancel outside playtimes because of aggressive seagulls.  City officials have informed Will and Guy that several children had had their sandwiches stolen by these 'dangerous' birds. 'It is too dangerous for school kids to go outside. We have to do something about the situation before it gets any worse,' commented a spokesperson.

Treacherous Seagulls in England

Shoppers Warned about Seagulls Fish and chip shops in the seaside resort of Bridlington, Yorkshire, England have put up signs warning customers about being attacked by seagulls.  Seafront chip shop owner Justin Carpenter told us he was now losing money because of the number of chip thefts. He said he was giving out more free bags of chips in compensation for the ones stolen by the birds. Yorkshire Council said they were aware of the situation and warned tourists not to encourage the attacks by feeding the birds. Will and Guy emphasise that this is not a new phenomenon as can be seen by studying this page. For further information see more on annoying seagulls.

Another Dangerous Seagull Eats Man's Ice CreamSeagull Takes Hat

Seagulls eat ice-cream

The Scottish Government Declares War on SeagullsFunny Seagull picture

The councillors of Dumfries, Scotland are determined to do something about the seagull problem.  Even though Dumfries is not on the coast they are plagued by seagulls, for example, 'dive-bombing' people and even disrupting paper boys delivering their daily newspapers. Enough is enough and next spring when the gulls breed, a special anti-gull 'task force' will seek and destroy the gulls nests and smash any eggs.  The result should be a reduced seagull population in Dumfries. "Seagulls are a menace to Scottish towns and cities," said Environment Minister Michael Russell. "They thrive on litter and their aggressive behaviour towards other birds, pets and even people is increasing." Dumfries town councillor Jack Groom said the time for talk was over, adding that it was time for action before a human was seriously hurt by the gulls.  Will and Guy hope that other towns will take similar action to curb the seagull menace in as humane a way as possible.

Seagulls Start a Take-away Business

Funny Seagull Picture

Funny Seagull Thinks He's a Cat

Seagull Thinks He's a Cat The seagull thinks it is a cat and often sleeps in its bed Will and Guy can reveal. [See photo] After falling down a chimney and into a seaside home, "Mr Pooh", the seagull, became a very confused young bird. The herring gull was adopted by June and Steve Grimwood, who found him as a soot-covered baby in their fireplace - and now appears to believe he is actually a cat. The couple brought him up with their cats, providing a basket from which he acquired a taste for Whiskas. Three years later, Mr Pooh has left the family home, but only as far as a nest on the roof with a female partner. He can't resist returning-three times a day for his favourite food, announcing his arrival by tapping on the door. The bird eats the cats' food with them out of a bowl 'At first the cats were quite wary of him but after a week they were eating out a bowl together. He'll also often wander in and help himself to cat food. He also knows the sound of the fridge door opening and he'll come in for that as well. He's just like another pet in the family and even comes when he is called.'

Dangerous Seagull Spoils - Love Scene

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Interesting Facts About Seagulls

  • While seagulls can be irritating to we humans, they are model parents where both the male and female take turns at incubating the eggs and feeding the chicks.  Moreover, if one parent is killed the other takes over and raises the chicks single-handed.  Curiously, seagulls always lay two or three eggs in their nest.  Finding four eggs in a seagull nest is as rare as hen's teeth.
  • What makes gulls so successful, and so annoying is their ability to eat a wide range of food.  Thus they follow fishing boats, hover around rubbish tips, they even steal food from other birds.  If you ever get close to a gull, they always seem bigger than anticipated.  Even the 'Little Gull' has a wingspan of about 2ft, where as the largest Great Black-headed gull can have a wingspan of 5ft.
  • Gulls are also successful in the sense that there about 50 different species.  Locals use the generic word 'Seagull' to describe any gull in their area.  It is for this reason that scientists starting with Linnaeus defined a Latin name to describe each type of animal and plant, for example Larus argentatus (Herring Gull), or Larus ichthyaetus (Great Black-headed Gull).
  • A seagull can drink both fresh and saltwater.  To overcome problems of salt building up in their bodies, seagulls have a special pair of glands above their eyes, which flush salt from bodies through openings in the bill.
  • How to make your fortune: invent a seagull scarer.  Many have tried, but nobody has succeeded in frightening away seagulls.  On a related matter some councils in the UK are reducing their town's seagull population by sterilising their eggs in boiling oil, then returning the infertile eggs to the nests.

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