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Jul 28, 2015

English gulls are ferocious in Cornwall...or so it seems

Photo: BBC
Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull
are the seashore culprits
Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls are the latest avian villains in south-west England, according the British newspapers who have recently called them killers.   Apparently, the gulls have attacked pensioners, children, dogs, even a tortoise.   The latest attacks, reports the Guardian newspaper, have left a 66-year-old woman requiring hospital treatment and a four-year-boy was traumatized after his finger was badly mangled.   Local authorities are fighting back by painting lampposts with anti-gull paint that gives off a deterring glow, hoisting multicoloured flags and erecting netting.   Some restaurants have provided diners with umbrellas and water pistols.   A spokesperson for the British Trust of Ornithology says the gulls have young at this time of year that they are keen to protect.   Overall numbers of the two suspects species are down 30% and 48%, leading some observers to wonder if humans are taking things their own hands and eliminating birds...one way or another.   In Newquay, Cornwall, a gull nesting on a house roof killed a Yorkshire Terrier family pet.   The dog's owner, a mother-of-four children, said it was like a horror show.   She couldn't believe so much blood could come out of such a little dog.   The mother does not let her children play outside now, unsupervised.   Pictured below is a woman being attacked by a Herring Gull in Perranporth, Cornwall.

Photo: SWNS.com
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