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Seagulls high on acid set to ruin our summer

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Not too long ago we all felt sorry for the seagull that fell into a vat of chicken tikka masala. The bird turned bright orange and by all accounts still has a whiff of curry to him to this day. But it seems we shouldn’t be feeling too sorry for him, as he and all other gulls now pose a serious danger to humans because they’re ‘tripping on acid’ and becoming more aggressive.

Yep – you read that correctly. Seagulls are getting high and they may start taking it out on humans. According to news reports, flying ants have been emerging in unprecedented numbers due to the hot weather – and these insects are irresistible to seagulls, but they also happen to get them high...

While we may think seagulls snacking on ants isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it stops them stealing our pasties, chips and ice creams as regularly – the ants actually contain formic acid, which affects the gulls’ cognitive behaviour. Basically, the ants are like tiny hits of acid and it’s sending the gulls ga-ga.

Tony Whitehead from the RSPB spoke to the Huffington Post, saying: “The gulls are mad for them [...] they are like M&Ms to them.”

According to witnesses, gulls have been flying into cars and buildings – presumably high after overindulging.

The ants emerge during the summer for a few days, sometimes even two weeks, at a time as the queen goes in search of a mate. When she emerges, so do millions of male ants looking to procreate.

With such hot weather at the moment, the ants are appearing in larger numbers and look set to hang around for a while; so while we may be looking to relax in the sunshine, it seems it’s best to be on guard for rowdy, tripping gulls.




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