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Angry Seagulls Don't Let Elderly UK Couple Leave Their Own Home for Six Days

Roy and Brenda Pickard were unable to get out of their front door for six days after the seagulls laid siege to the canopy directly above it, Daily Mail reported.

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Updated:June 23, 2019, 11:48 AM IST
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An elderly couple in the United Kingdom was under siege at their seaside home for almost a week because of two nesting seagulls.

 

Roy and Brenda Pickard were unable to get out of their front door for six days after the seagulls laid siege to the canopy directly above it, Daily Mail reported.

 

Every time 77-year-old Roy tried to leave his home in Lancashire's Wyre District, he was greeted by the seagulls. The elderly man had to be taken to the hospital for a bloody wound after one of the birds attacked him on the back of his head.

“The whole thing has been terrible. I've not been able to go out of the front door,” the elderly man was quoted as saying.

 

“If I try to get out of the door, the two adult birds are right there and I've got no chance. It's genuinely frightening.”

 

“My wife isn't well or very mobile at the moment so we're relying on me to get out. Thankfully, we have an integrated garage and I can get into it from the kitchen, open the garage door and drive out to get our shopping, but I have to leave the garage door open, which isn't ideal.”

The former ambulance driver said he could have been more grievously injured if the bird had hit him in the face instead of the back of the head.

 

“I had to go to Royal Lancaster Infirmary to get treatment but thankfully I could get in the car,” he said.

 

Charities RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)  and RSPB(Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) were of “no help whatsoever,” he said, claiming “they seem to put the rights of these birds above those of people, which is ridiculous.”

 

He said the local authorities had “sent a man down and he took a photo, and then they seemed to tell me they would bring someone else around with an umbrella to protect us.”

 

“But they don't seem to be able to do anything about the birds - and these chicks could be there until the end of July.”

 

“Why are seagulls protected? They are not an endangered species, they're a flaming nuisance.”

 

The couple got some respite after BBC Radio Lancashire arranged for a gazebo to be set up temporarily outside the door to provide some relief.

 

A Wyre Council spokesman said the seagulls were  “Herring Gulls and they are protected once nesting and so there are limited solutions available.”

 

“We advise residents who have a problem with seagulls to bird proof their properties prior to the breeding season.”

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