POLICE in Plymouth, UK, have arrested a 26-year-old man for biting a seagull that tried to steal his food from McDonald’s.
A police spokesperson told Plymouth Live, the perpetrator was eating when the bird attacked him and tried to take his food from the well-known hamburger chain. The man, who was under the influence of drugs, reacted to the “robbery” and “he sunk his teeth into it before throwing it to the floor,” leaving it “clearly wounded.”
Officers from the Charles Cross police team were patrolling around the Raleigh Street area of Plymouth when around three in the afternoon they witnessed the event. “Officers had seen the incident and immediately went over and detained and took details from him.”
An altercation that hours later they reported through their social networks. “Yesterday we detained a man who attacked and injured a seagull in the city centre. Seagulls are protected by the 1981 Wildlife and Field Act. The bird flew away before we could verify its welfare,” published the police.
After arresting the man, who the officers realised was high on drugs, they transferred him to Derriford Hospital to determine if he had suffered any injury or infection. Now, the 26-year-old awaits trial and faces from a fine of £5,000 to a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment.