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To think seagulls are giant rats with wings

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HaggisMcSporran Wed 13-Jul-11 18:56:29

exept worse, rats dont shite on your washing, attack you from above and steal your barbecue food out of your hands, even worse at this time of year when their babies have hatched, i know they are just protecting their young but FFS i cant even let my poor dog out the back garden, its a quivering wreck, as soon as it goes out they pounce, and the council cant do anything because they are protected species, they hunt in packs round here, ive seen mothers running down the street with their prams to get away from them.

EuphemiaMcGonagall Wed 13-Jul-11 19:01:23

I oppose anti-gull prejudice! They're just making their way in the world like everyone else, survival of the fittest and all that!

It's we humans who live unreasonably, not the gulls. grin

Driftwood999 Wed 13-Jul-11 19:03:14

YANBU, went to Newquay Zoo recently and at the picnic area there were children feeding gulls, until their gormless parents realised that was why they, and everyone around them, were being dive bombed. They have a huge wing span, huge beaks -horrible en masse. Pigeons too. Apparently they taste of fish, otherwise...

DogsBestFriend Wed 13-Jul-11 19:04:49

Your first answer says it all.

Humans are the problem, not seagulls. smile

Tchootnika Wed 13-Jul-11 19:11:30

Gawd, no, YANBU.
A seagull tried to attack my dog around this time last year in a very built up/traffic-heavy area, and it was f*ing terrifying (luckily some kind security guards let us hide in their building whilst said crazy seagull with its 4'-ish wing span and hideous 4" beak swooped around outside screaming for a few minutes). I dread to think what would have happened if we'd had tp stay on the street.

Goodynuff Wed 13-Jul-11 19:11:59

I was anti-gull until last Mondaysad
We have a couple of ravens that live in the pine trees out in the front yard, who had babies this spring. The 'babies' are almost full grown, and are learning to hunt. Three ravens caught a gull, two holding it down, while the other pecked it to death. It was horrible. They were cawing really loudly, the gull was screeching, and it went on for almost an hour. Then they ate it sad
Sometimes the circle of life is so harsh.

HaggisMcSporran Wed 13-Jul-11 19:24:32

im all for living in harmony with nature but even as i type this i can hear a gang of then screeching loudly swooping all over the street and kids screaming ( but to be honest i think the older kids are winding them up ) ah well i suppose it goes with the territory living right next to the sea, i cant even feed the garden birds cuz the seagulls bully them and steal all the food.
Goodynuff thats horrible, i dont like them but i wouldnt like to see that.

joric Wed 13-Jul-11 20:57:14

YANBU I can't cope with the jackdaws , wood pigeons and starlings in our garden.. Loads of them. Even my mum, who loves birds and brought me up to spot and feed lovely robins, blue tits and the like in the garden sympathises. 3 of the most horrid birds in huge numbers and no lovely little tweety ones... sad

DogsBestFriend Wed 13-Jul-11 21:09:15

Blimey Tchootnika, what type of dog do you have?

Tchootnika Wed 13-Jul-11 21:09:53

A Staffy.

Empusa Wed 13-Jul-11 21:13:14

YABVU!!! angry

Rats are lovely friendly animals

Empusa Wed 13-Jul-11 21:13:25


DogsBestFriend Wed 13-Jul-11 21:14:41

A Staff? <<heartthrob>>

I'm beginning to lose affection for those flying ruddy rats! grin

Ormirian Wed 13-Jul-11 21:18:29

I think seagulls are beuatiful. Bad manners and common as muck bu beautiful with it.

We are the dirty species - we get the vermin we deserve.

reelingintheyears Wed 13-Jul-11 21:19:35

I fucking hate seagulls at the moment...

They scream and shriek at 1,2,3,4 am....

They are bastards.

mauricetinkler Wed 13-Jul-11 21:20:53

Scared of seagulls? Fecking douchebags!

yearningforthesun Wed 13-Jul-11 21:23:03

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Tchootnika Wed 13-Jul-11 21:24:33

Ormirian - I'm definitely with you on that one.
This seagull thing is to do with the amount of food that gets chucked out, isn't it? And seeing what's happened with the burgeoning population of urban foxes (often mangy, unhealthy, die slow deaths having been hit by cars...), things can't be looking that good for seagulls, surely?
(Sorry about the doom and gloom, btw...)
DBF - I know, I know! Horrid, horrid, horrid thing, it was!

Orbinator Wed 13-Jul-11 21:31:57

I saw one peck at a boy's eyes on the beach in Hastings years ago. He had chips and was running at them, to be slightly fair, but still, 3 of them attacking him was a very scary sight.

Shortly after a man went around shooting at them with a shotgun (again in Hastings) and I think was arrested hmm

I also remember hearing on the radio that the head honcho who studies them said they are getting increasingly aggressive and people are being attacked more frequently. He urged for a funded study as he forsaw huge problems...never heard of him again. Seagull conspiracy? Maybe...

Didn't help when I was being followed by a giant specimen yesterday. Had to stop at the traffic lights waiting to cross and he kept sneaking up behind me. Size of a pug dog, so you get the fear. I had to keep turning around and stomping my foot to keep him a meter away confused. Ran away as fast as I could when the green man came up, I'm ashamed to admit!

Abra1d Wed 13-Jul-11 21:37:14

You don't get them as much in other countries because they are better at clearing up rubbish and just generally less grubby.

I hate them.

MrMan Wed 13-Jul-11 21:37:18

Forget the zombies.. What's our plan when the seagulls decide to take over??

Orbinator Wed 13-Jul-11 22:02:52

Well, exactly MrMan. I mean, they can fly, so obviously the oil rig idea is out...

GwendolineMaryLacey Wed 13-Jul-11 22:03:42

YANBU, they are. All birds are flying rats.

Orbinator Wed 13-Jul-11 22:04:11

Abra In Brisbane they have Ibis which are their version. Much uglier. At least ours look slightly cuddlier.

yearningforthesun Wed 13-Jul-11 22:19:30

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