Click here to upload yours. She said she first noticed the seagulls perched on the roof, peering into the garden at the tiny dog and decided to seek advice. “Given the chance they will eat anything and this poor dog sound about the size of a rabbit but I do hope she gets him back.”, Becca said: “I’ve seen them take ducklings from a pond and swallow them whole and that was just so upsetting.". To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. Becca Hill, from Paignton in Devon, is desperately searching for Gizmo after the seagull flew off with the yelping pet in its beak.

In a heartbreaking post to Facebook, Becca said that her young daughter was highly upset.

While seagull attacks on dogs are not unheard of they are still rare. “Gulls have shifted their distribution and behaviours away from traditional nesting sites, which would have been cliffs and quite isolated areas, and started living in more urban areas because we make it easy for them. It was so fast, and the raid so precise, I didn’t really see it happen – just a vision of the gull’s tail feathers as it took to the sky. Some can grow to 2ft6in long, with a wingspan of more than 5ft and weigh as much as 5lb. Last modified on Wed 24 Jul 2019 09.56 EDT. "I have no idea if he was dropped or where he is now.". For other inquiries, Contact Us.

The fate of a Devon dog is unknown after a seagull swooped down and carried the miniature chihuahua away in its beak, its owner said. “I think it’s more they’re coming into contact with us more,” he says – and when these very rare occurrences do happen, they’re publicised in newspapers and on social media. Wed 24 Jul 2019 02.00 EDT Our. It felt pretty aggressive when the gull snatched my ice-cream – a kilo of bird, swooping at 45mph with a wingspan of about 1.5 metres – but Rock says that is merely a question of ownership. "It carried Gizmo a fair way as we couldn't see him anymore. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. “Our postmen and women can experience difficulties out when delivering or collecting mail due to swooping attacks by seagulls,” residents were told.

The gulls, drawn by easy food, started to move inland. Bottom of Maridon Road, Paignton.

“Often, the adult birds will hit them and drive them to the ground. “Many admire them for their adaptive skills,” says Dee. Still, cash-strapped councils are spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on trying to control the birds. Becca’s partner was hanging out the washing when he saw the seagull attack the pet in Paignton, Devon, she said in a Facebook appeal. They also learn pretty quickly that if bin bags are left out or aren’t collected, that our streets are pretty good sources of food. A slight ripple in the wind behind me, the briefest graze of my hair and, within a split second, the ice-cream cone had been snatched from my hand.

snatched a chihuahua, Gizmo, from a garden in Devon.

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“Nicking a chip is not a good reason to kill whole populations of animals.”, A better solution, he says, would be to change our own behaviour. “I guess it’s possible,” he says, although he adds that there hasn’t been any research done on this. Becca also revealed her young daughter was distraught over missing Gizmo in a desperate plea to find her dog. Seagulls are carnivores and have been known to eat other birds.

The same year, again in Cornwall, a pet tortoise died after being attacked by gulls.

“A lot of people see it that way,” says Rock.