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Claim: Video clip shows a seagull snatching a bag of Doritos from a shop.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, September 2007]
Variations: In October 2007, an e-mailed version appeared that placed the larcenous Scottish seagull in Marinette, WI. In February of 2009, a message placed the bird in
In July 2007, a seagull in Aberdeen, Scotland, made the news for a rather unusual manifestation of sneaky scavenging behavior. The bird, named "Sam" by the locals, developed the habit (as shown above) of strolling through an open door into the
According to store personnel, Sam always birdlifted the same flavor of Doritos (perhaps due to the color of the packaging), carrying the bags outside the store, where he ripped them open and (along with other birds) devoured their contents.
The BBC reported shop assistant Sriaram Nagarajan as saying of Sam:
He's got it down to a fine art. He waits until there are no customers around and I'm standing behind the till, then he raids the place.A spokesman for Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) also noted of Sam:
At first I didn't believe a seagull was capable of stealing crisps. But I saw it with my own eyes and I was surprised. He's very good at it.
He's becoming a bit of a celebrity. Seagulls are usually not that popular but Sam is a star because he's so funny.
I've never heard of anything like this before.Here's another videoclip of sneaky Sam in action:
Perhaps it tried some crisps in a shiny packet in the street, and was just opportunistic one day at the shop when it saw what was inside.
As everyone knows, gulls can be very quick and fearless, and clearly this one is no exception.
We'd discourage people from feeding gulls though, as gulls in towns generate lots of complaints every year, and the availability of food is the only reason they live in urban settings.
Last updated: 27 February 2009
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