Man who grabbed fry-stealing seagull amuses TikTok, enrages animal rights supporters
This is one way of stopping a bird shine.
A New Zealand man outraged animal advocates after grabbing a protected seagull that was trying to steal his food. A TikTok clip of foiled Fry-Jacking currently has 22 million views.
Taylor Mensen had reportedly stopped at a McDonald’s in Dunedin to fix his angry hangover when a squadron of red-billed seagulls tumbled down and tried to flee with his fries. Miraculously, Mensen was able to catch one of the Hangry birds in the air before its snack went down its esophagus.
Indeed, the wild footage shows the fast food lover holding the confused animal in his right hand while it screeches frantically. The clip ends with Mensen releasing the frightened feather sack into the air, whereupon he rejoins his herd.
The stunt didn’t go well with animal advocates, however, who were quick to point out that the seagull was a protected species, the Otago Daily Times reported.
“Tarapunga [the Maori term for the red-billed gull] are protected under the Wildlife Act, which means it is illegal to disturb, harass or kill them, “said Annie Wallace, operations manager at DOC Otago.
She added, “It is stressful for the animal when someone catches and keeps our native birds like this.”
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Since then, however, Mensen has released a follow-up video claiming that he “had no intention of” catching the seagull.
“One came up to my head so I ducked and raised my hand and just grabbed it,” said the New Zealander, adding that he was “pretty scared of birds.”
The seagull claw also insisted on making sure the bird was unharmed before releasing it.
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Needless to say, the TikTok peanut gallery found the incident amusing.
“Bro, even the bird is wondering how you got it,” joked one gawker.
“When it screamed, I screamed with laughter,” said another.
The TikTok user who caught the seagull claims they had no intention of harming it and is actually very scared of birds.
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This isn’t the first time seagulls have gone viral for air strikes on unsuspecting guests. In a frightening incident last summer, British residents reported being bombed by violent seagulls in a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “The Birds”.
In Ocean City, New Jersey, bird seed theft became such a scourge that leaders spent $ 65,000 on a team of hawks, hawks, and owls to deter picnic raiders.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post.