A horrified Bristol man has described how a pigeon was “dragged off to its doom” by a seagull earlier this week.
The gull swooped down on its victim and pushed it against a wall during the brutal attack on July 28.
Pictures taken by Dan Massey show the seagull walking down a road in Bristol with the pigeon in its beak.
The attack comes a week after Gizmo the chihuahua was snatched for a garden in Devon by a huge gull last Sunday.
Such attacks are seemingly becoming more and more common in Bristol, with several other similar incidents being caught on camera.
Describing the attack, Mr Massey said: “I am new to the area, having moved to Bristol from much deeper in the South West where the seagulls mainly prey on tourists – or more specifically ice-cream and chips.
“So perhaps this pigeon massacre is just a normal sight in Bristol.
“Certainly the pigeon thought so, as it had spotted the gull swooping long before I had and ran for cover in a shop doorway.
“The gulls attacking dive was nearly intercepted by a double-decker bus, which in the gulls haste it had failed to notice.”
Mr Massey went on to say that the attacking bird quickly pulled an evasive manoeuvre to avoid the bus before cornering its prey.
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“A snap of the gulls beak pushed the pigeon back against the wall, where it was easily snatched up and dragged off to it’s doom.
“The gull was well practised, bus accepted, and the pigeon aware of its fate.”
Although shocking, the pigeon attack is not the only one this week.
A feathered fiend launched into a grisly attack in Paignton, Devon just a week after the four-year-old dog was taken from a back garden in the same town.
The pigeon was 28cm – bigger than 5lbs Gizmo – leading to fresh fears a seagull was able to snatch the dog in its beak.
It was pictured being devoured just a few streets away from Rebecca Hill’s home in the town.
Gizmo was snatched by a huge gull last Sunday as Rebecca’s partner Ashley was hanging out the washing.
There was hope for the pooch after a leg bone feared to belong to the missing dog turned out to belong to a rabbit.