Seagulls usually try to nick some of your chips but the one I came up against flew off with my purse
Rutherglen gran stunned by crafty bird’s brazen heist
A brazen seagull swooped down on a Rutherglen gran and flew off with her purse and brolly.
Pensioner Margaret Hull could not believe her eyes when the massive bird managed to carry her heavy shopping bag into the sky.
Margaret was in Aberdeen’s Walker Park with great- granddaughter Chloe Rutherford when the bird attacked.
The 77-year-old said: “I was sitting on a bench watching Chloe play when the seagull started circling me.
“Then it came down and took my poly bag and flew away with it in its beak. I couldn’t believe it because the bag was quite heavy.”
Margaret tried to grab the bag, which contained all her bank cards, but could not move fast enough because of arthritis.
She eventually got her bag back when the bird dropped it.
She said: “Seagulls have always come down if you’re eating chips or something but it’s getting bad when they go for you personally and fly off with things they can’t even eat.”
Margaret thinks that Aberdeen City Council should organise a cull or something similar.
“These birds are massive and very frightening,” she said.
Council bosses have issued people in the area with a survivor’s guide to living with gulls.
But an expert warned that the problem is only going to get worse unless more research is carried out.
Kirsty Park, professor in biological and environmental sciences at Stirling University, said there is not enough evidence on why the seagull population is growing.
She said: “Food could be a factor and so could the availability of flat roofs for nesting.
“But we don’t know why gulls are moving from coastal to urban areas. We don’t know how long they survive there and we don’t know how many young they produce.”
In Scotland it is illegal to injure or kill a seagull or damage an active nest or eggs without a licence.
These birds are massive and frightening
Master thief Margaret was left out of pocket after a seagull swiped her bag