Watching seagulls save another from choking on a plastic bag was truly incredible – Hayley Matthews

I've just witnessed something both incredible and terrifying the other morning on our way to school.

Saturday, 5th June 2021, 12:30 pm
Hayley Matthews witnessed an incident that showed just how clever seabirds can be (Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The wee one saw the bakers opened and fancied a sausage roll as he'd skipped breakfast.

As we walked down the road, a flock of seagulls circled above, hoping for a bite of sausage roll however, one of them spotted a large plastic bag, still sealed, of frozen chicken wings that had been dragged out a bin.

Without much caution the seagull tried to gulp down this huge plastic bag filled with chicken wings and then started to choke. I felt quite helpless because every time I tried to get close to the bird to pull the bag out its mouth, it flew off.

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The bag was huge, about the size of a large bag of Doritos! As the bird started to struggle, it flopped to the floor and was choking, all the other seagulls circled to help.

The seagull had swallowed about 3/4 of the bag, and they all knew something was wrong. The bird started to go lifeless and its wings spread out on the ground whilst another seagull quickly came over and started to pull the bag from its mouth with its beak.

The bird was dragged along the road whilst the other seagull continued to pull the bag from its mouth and all the other seagulls tried to pull the bird back. It was fascinating to see them scurry to help and finally succeed in getting the bag out.

You might not be a fan of seagulls but I quite happen to like all birds. I also found this incredible act of quick-thinking astonishing to witness.

If only some humans were half as quick-thinking as doctor seagull, we'd all be able to help each other out a bit more.

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