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Menace of seagulls drunk on flying ants


Posted on Wednesday, 30 July, 2014 | Comment icon 12 comments

Seagulls are in plentiful supply across the British Isles. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Whatlep
Hostile seagulls fuelled by an intoxicating diet of flying ants have been causing a nuisance in the UK.
Seagulls in Britain's towns and cities have always represented something of a problem at the best of times, waking people up in the early hours with their incessant squawking, rummaging around in the rubbish for food and leaving their infamous calling cards all over pavements, cars and sometimes even people's heads.

Lately however these large seabirds have managed to up their game a notch thanks to the prevalence of flying ants that have left their nests early this summer due to soaring temperatures. Seagulls gorging themselves on the insects have ended up experiencing an intoxicating effect similar to that of drinking alcohol due to the way formic acid inside the ants has interacted with their stomachs.

"It’s the sheer number of gulls in built up areas now," said Gull expert Peter Rock. "They are right in our faces, and they are not scared."

"The pest control industry has been trying their best, but they can’t outsmart seagulls. People are trying anything - spikes, tension wires – I even saw a plastic eagle owl once."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (12)

Tags: Seagulls, Flying Ants, Drunk


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 30 July, 2014, 10:40
Comment icon #4 Posted by shrooma on 30 July, 2014, 10:41
QUOTE- Aggressive seagulls could be 'drunk' on flying ants . "flying ants drinking Stella make seagulls agressive" shocker! . film at eleven.... .
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer on 30 July, 2014, 16:42
IF the seagulls can get drunk from formic acid, we need to determine how their stomachs do that. We could start a whole new industry; Antohol. Beer, Vodka, Whiskey. We could mine for ants and get rid of the critters.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Calibeliever on 30 July, 2014, 20:01
If we put them all in rehab they would still be less annoying than Sandra Bullock in 28 Days ... Sorry, did I say that out loud?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Awake2Chaos on 30 July, 2014, 20:06
I know the squirels around here love fermented fruit....you can catch them raiding trash cans at the park and getting tipsy. I've never seen a drunk seagull and I don't think I'd want to...if they poop indiscriminately while sober, then......??? That could be really bad.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Donnie Darko on 30 July, 2014, 20:07
If we put them all in rehab they would still be less annoying than Sandra Bullock in 28 Days ... Sorry, did I say that out loud? Come on, Soso from Orange Is the New Black is alot more annoying than that!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 31 July, 2014, 0:02
I'm sorry, but how can a gaggle of lice infested birds be a menace? Grab a bat, grab the family, and go get dinner.
Comment icon #10 Posted by 95-Nasty on 31 July, 2014, 15:45
Seagulls are a nuance, menace and a real pain where i live, by the coast (South Devon), but i havnt seen any flying ants yet!
Comment icon #11 Posted by JustTerri on 6 August, 2014, 16:51
thats because the seagulls already got to them.
Comment icon #12 Posted by EllJay on 7 August, 2014, 22:58
When sober they are at least a bit polite, and pose the rhetorical question; "Mine???" - before they snatch your hot-dog right out of your hand. I hate to see them drunk. http://youtu.be/H4BNbHBcnDI


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