A little gull saw a beautiful fish within a basket at the Northern Exposure Candle Company gift shop’s entrance. Everything appeared too good to be true, but when the seagull eventually chose to eat the plastic fish, he found that it wasn’t an easy meal.
Despite the fact that the tasty fish was actually a stuffed toy, the hungry seagull was determined to steal it and eat it that day. In Port Clinton, Ohio, in the United States, the inquisitive seagull was the last of his flock to learn to fly.
Northern Exposure Candle Company manager Kylie Gospodarek told The Dodo:
There was nothing wrong with him; he was just a late baby. Our city’s roofs are famous for herding birds… When newborns first learn to fly, they don’t go all the way, so they end up wandering the streets.
A toy fish gets taken by a seagull from a gift shop.
The seagull was thrown out of the store the first time it entered and took the fish, according to the store manager. The tiny bird, however, refused to give up on eating the plastic fish and crept back in.
His heist went off without a hitch on his fourth try.
The supervisor recalls:
“‘Hey, is he supposed to be here?’ remarked one of my clients, who had around six clients with me. We rushed around our exhibits to corner him out the door since I already knew who he was. He just went for it and grabbed the fish, and on his fourth attempt, he made it out the door.”
When the shop manager and customers rushed out into the street to catch the seagull with the fish in its beak, she chose to drop the toy when approached.
“A lot of people wanted it from me, but I don’t believe they knew I was trying to eat it.”
The seagull continued to prowl the business in the days following his incredible theft, perhaps hoping to get another chance to steal the toy fish. Kylie is certain that the seagull has finally learnt to fly like other seagulls since its last visit.
The store manager goes on to say:
“He takes a few steps into the door… and he’s like a dog.” When he sees me coming, he turns around and says, ‘OK, I’m not going in.’