Shocking moment, man strangles seagull for over a minute after stealing donut

Gruesome video captures the shocking moment a man strangles a seagull after pinching its donut in front of a group of alarmed tourists.

The man, who is said to have a “northern accent,” choked the bird while he was on the waterfront.

The scene was filmed by dismayed onlookers and shows the man holding the bird upside down by the neck for over a minute before throwing the poor creature over the jetty wall.

The incident happened in front of a group of tourists in Torquay, Devon, who watched him catch one of the seagulls which dove in to steal his donut which was sitting on the sea wall, reports Manchester Evening News.

The man managed to grab one by the neck, which he then held until he dropped his treat which he then picked up and resumed munching.

Those who witnessed the moment then gasped as he then threw the seagull over the dike.

Horrified onlookers claimed the incident was ‘horrific’

The video was filmed by a young woman from Torquay who was eating outside Pier Point with her mother.

She said the incident had already been going on “for some time” before grabbing her phone to film the end of the incident.

“It went on for so long.

“No one really reacted – everyone was a little stunned – so I grabbed my phone and filmed the ending.

“It looked like he had just bought the donuts at Pier Point Chippy – then he put them on the seawall to answer his phone and the seagulls all came down.

“So he grabbed one by the throat and had it in his hand for over a minute and everyone sitting outside at the Pier Point restaurant turned around and looked at him in horror – but he was. He didn’t care. He just kept going.

“The seagull dropped the donut and he just picked it up and kept eating it and licking his fingers!

“When people were all looking at him, he just said ‘Took my donut’ with a northern accent like it was a perfectly normal thing to do. But it was horrible.”

Another spectator said: “It was strange that no one reacted, but it was such a strange thing to see. He didn’t seem to care what people thought.”

Seagulls are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which means it is illegal to injure or kill them.

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