Seagull catches baby crow in its beak as adult birds go berserk trying to save the young
Shocking footage captures the gruesome moment a killer seagull snatches a baby crow on a roof as other birds attempt to attack it.
Andrew Heppleston, 54, a financial adviser at Chandler’s Ford in Hampshire heard screams from his neighbor’s roof and witnessed the attack from his backyard this morning.
Mr Heppleston said: “I looked up and saw the seagull standing there with the crow’s head in its beak. There were a number of crows, about four or five, going crazy around. .
He added, “I was just having a good time in my backyard, everything was fine with the world, and all of a sudden there was a bit of carnage.”
The seagull catches the baby raven on a rooftop in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, as other crows circle near it this morning
Vicious: The killer gull spreads its wings as it soars with the baby gull in Hampshire as adult crows circle above
The razor-beaked seagull holds the little black bird on the Hampshire rooftop and doesn’t seem afraid of crows
Under attack: The baby bird can be seen struggling in its beak as the seagull flies from the roof taken from a back garden in Hampshire
Snatched: The killer gull spreads its wings as it prepares to take off from the rooftop of Hampshire
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Mr Heppleston added: “I think it was probably a young crow that the seagull had taken and the parents were trying to retrieve it.”
“Eventually I think the crows realized they weren’t going to get it back and it calmed down a bit before the seagull flew off with the bird in its beak. seagull had killed the crow at this point.
Chandler’s Ford is six miles off the coast of Southampton and outside of Eastleigh in Hampshire.
Mr Heppleston said seagulls were a regular sight in the city, but had never witnessed such vicious behavior before.
The aggressive behavior of razor-beaked birds is rife this summer with the notable incident of Gizmo the Chihuahua dog being snatched from a garden in Paignton, Devon three weeks ago.
Chihuahua Gizmo was snatched away in July from her owner Becca Hill, 24, who was distraught after being pulled from a back garden by a seagull in Paignton, Devon
Becca Hill, 24, and her six-year-old daughter were distraught after the bird shot down and took Gizmo.
An RSPB spokesperson told MailOnline that the gull likely defended one of its chicks, which could have run into Gizmo, triggering the fierce attack.
Other attacks include a seagull snatching a duck from its mother in Herbert Park, Dublin.
And in an effort to protect towns from seagulls, cash-strapped councils are spending thousands of pounds on trash cans and gull-proof bags to keep ravenous birds from covering the streets with trash.
Picturesque towns are being ruined by gulls tearing up trash bags for food and leaving rubbish strewn on the sidewalk.
A town hall has even threatened to take legal action against the people feeding the pests in their properties.
In Margate, Kent, residents are fined £ 110 for damage left by seagulls with protective bags from Thanet District Council at a cost of £ 10.
Worcester City Council is spending £ 144,000 on 28 ‘Big Belly’ bins for the entire city.
Seagulls in Margate, Kent have ravaged the town, tearing open trash bags for food and leaving trash strewn on the sidewalk
Dirt: Seagull damage in Margate, Kent, where packages of food and banana peels are left on the sidewalk
Councilors even called for the culling of gulls on “flying rats” and described the birds as an epidemic.
The RSPCA said most aggressive gulls protect their chicks, which take flight in early August.
Adam Grogan, RSPCA Wildlife Officer, said: “The RSPCA believes that deterrents and non-lethal control methods are the best way to reduce the problems with gulls.
“Failure to feed gulls, properly dispose of waste and block off areas where gulls normally nest outside of the breeding season will help reduce problems.”
Gulls fight over the rubbish in Margate, Kent. The RSPCA said most aggressive gulls were protecting their chicks, which fled in early August
A seagull sneaks into a garbage bag in Margate, Kent. Not feeding the seagulls and throwing the garbage out helps solve the problem
“Unfortunately, many consider birds to be pests, but it only takes a little care and understanding to minimize the inconvenience caused by gulls.
“Gulls and many other species have learned that people tend to throw away a lot of edible waste, which is why gulls are likely to peck open bags and trash cans to access the food inside.”
A spokesperson for the Local Government Association said: “The councils are doing everything possible to prevent seagulls from disturbing residents and visitors.
“This includes using stronger trash bags, replacing eggs with dummy replicas, painting buildings in colors that deter gulls, and even using specially bred birds of prey.”
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