Hungry gull divebombs women in Scots town before smashing into pavement

Most Scots have experienced the aggressive nature of our nation's gulls, whether they are scouting for leftovers at the seaside or asserting their dominance over pigeons in our cities.

And while keeping a close eye on your food is usually enough to keep the feathered fiends away, sometimes there is a courageous - or ravenous - gull ready to take a risk to get what they desperately want.

Such was the case one day in September 2020, when a trio of pals were set upon by a bird while on a day out to St Andrews. Amy Wilson was visiting the town with friends Megan Rooney and Gillian Scott, when they decided to head to the popular Jannettas Gelateria.

They bought some delicious-looking ice creams and headed out of the store. Amy decided to take a photo of her stunning cone to share on social media when the seagull struck.

Perhaps it was emboldened by the fact that animals had had much more free reign during the lockdown which had only fully ended a few weeks earlier. Or maybe it also couldn't resist the frozen delight from Jannettas.

Amy and her pals got tasty-looking ice creams from Jannettas Gelateria
Amy and her pals got tasty-looking ice creams from Jannettas Gelateria -Credit:Gillian Scott

Whatever the reason, the gull swooped in overhead, knocking Amy's cone out of her hand and causing a startled Megan to drop hers in surprise.

The bird's flight took it crashing into the pavement, but it was unfazed as it quickly rose to its feet and made a beeline for the cones, which had been abandoned by the fleeing women.

The divebombing gull managed to dislodge both ice creams before hitting the pavement
The divebombing gull managed to dislodge both ice creams before hitting the pavement -Credit:Gillian Scott

The hilarious moment was captured on film by Gillian, who had been walking ahead of her pals. Amy shared a series of screenshots from the incident on X, formerly Twitter, capturing them 'Insta vs Reality'. Her post has since racked up over 30,000 likes.

Speaking after the gull attack, Amy said: "We had noticed the seagull when we’re walking past but it just seemed to be looking about. We didn’t expect it to attack us for our ice cream. I'd only managed to grab a few bites before it happened."

She said that the animal seemed unhurt after its collision with the pavement and was happily tucking into the ice cream when they left - but the group chose not to go back for another cone after the traumatic incident.

Dozens of social media users replied to her post, revealing they had also been set upon by hungry gulls. One person joked that St Andrews' seagulls were "lethal", while another added that this was their "worst nightmare".

Amy jokingly confirmed to one user that it was the "stuff of nightmares".

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