Seagull pestering beachgoers saved from death penalty

Seagull pestering beachgoers saved from death penalty

A naughty seagull has been saved from the 'death penalty' after he was sentenced for attacking beachgoers on the Channel Islands.

Gulliver the seagull has been causing mayhem at St Ouen's Bay by dive-bombing beach trippers and stealing their hats and food.

SEE ALSO: Seagull snatches iPhone on Exmouth Beach

SEE ALSO: Holidaymakers save seagull spray-painted yellow by thugs

Councillors in Jersey ordered he be shot or trapped and killed.

Gulliver's possible pending demise became known to nature star Chris Packham, and resulting campaign by 700 islanders has seen a stay of execution.

Chris highlighted the case on Twitter, writing: "Hello @StatesofJersey – can I ask why you are even considering killing an amber listed bird because it's an 'inconvenience'?

"In this mad 21stC how you consider a gull 'dangerous' is beyond me. Life matters. Save not slaughter it."

According to the Metro, in another tweet he added: "I don't think Gulliver should die. And I definitely don't think he's dangerous. Maybe a free roaming Tyrannosaur on Jersey would put things in perspective?

"Please join me in thwarting this ignorant intolerance."

According to the BBC, all species of gull are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, which makes it illegal to intentionally injure or kill the bird.

However, the site adds, the law allows licences to be issued to kill gulls if there is a threat to public health and safety.

The decision has now been made to instead relocate the bird.

He has been captured and is in the care of the JSPCA, and will be released at Les Minquiers rocks next week.

Speaking to ITV News, Deputy Steve Luce, environment minister, said: "All wildlife should be treated with respect and given the best chance to live a natural, productive life.

"We believe this is the best option, both for those members of the public who have been intimidated by the bird, and for the bird itself to live a life away from interference."

Breathtaking British wildlife photographs
See Gallery
Breathtaking British wildlife photographs

Did you know? The male has a blue abdomen with black spots, while the female has a yellow or bluish abdomen with dark markings.

Did you know? The best place to spot puffins is at a breeding colony. You can see them at the RSPB's Bempton Cliffs (North Yorkshire) and South Stack (Anglesey) reserves, plus the Farne Islands (Northumberland), the Isle of May (off the Fife coast) and the Shetland and Orkney Islands.

Did you know? Common seals eat around three to five kilograms of food per day and have a varied diet of sandeel, cod, sprat, octopus and squid.

Did you know? The Orkney population of hen harrier is polygynous and males sometimes simultaneously mate to multiple females.

Did you know? The basking shark is the second biggest fish after the whale shark and is not the fastest of swimmers, travelling at around three miles per hour.

Did you know? The red deer is Britain's largest land mammal and the size of a stag's antlers is related to the quality of its diet. Stags living in forests have larger antlers than those grazing on moorland.

Did you know? Its scientific name Halichoerus grypus means 'hooked-nosed sea pig'. Its name grey seal can be misleading as the animals vary in colour, from black to cream.

Did you know? In summer black-tailed godwits have bright orangey-brown chests and belliers but change to a more greyish-brown in winter.

Did you know? It is believed the red squirrel's long tail helps keep its balance and steer when it is jumping from tree to tree, and may also keep it warm while it sleeps.


Read Full Story