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Bullying birds/gangster gulls...
7 August 2015
A famous name from the world of music and television has allegedly commissioned little crash helmets for his beloved Yorkshire Terriers, Squiddly and Diddly, following the recent seagull attacks on small dogs.
Sadly two dogs and a tortoise have lost their lives in recent weeks, after being savagely attacked by seagulls, and many seaside areas are reporting an increase in the ‘thuggish’ behaviour of these birds – towards humans and pets. Gulls are at their most aggressive during summer months, protective of their fledglings who are not yet able to fly, and also looking for extra food to feed their families.
The seagull population is soaring – and there are increasing numbers found in urban areas, where they have no real predators, and food sources are far greater. Add to that we humans actually feeding them, or leaving rubbish lying around for them to pick over and it’s easy to understand that we are, at least partially, responsible for their brazen attitude. Unfortunately it would appear that they are a growing menace and are listed in the top 10 most dangerous British animals!
Seagulls are a protected species, however the Prime Minister has acknowledged that they are posing an increasing problem and has promised a Government review.
So be aware of the risks, be responsible when eating outdoors, dispose of your rubbish properly, but have a very happy (and safe) summer. Remember the likelihood of you or your pet falling victim to a seagull attack is still very remote.