The Hitchcock classic "The Birds" became a little too real in a British seaside town this week. Seagulls there are attacking residents and dive-bombing mail carriers.
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Perranporth, a small town on Cornwall's northern coast, has seen its share of angry gulls, but attacks on residents seem to be worse than ever. Seagulls are currently nesting and actively protecting their chicks. Apparently bright colors aggravate the birds, causing them to swoop down and target people's heads.
"In the past five years the seagulls have become more aggressive," 67-year-old resident Eric Hardinge told the South West News Service. "The birds need to be culled."
However, most gulls are protected and require special permitting to target.
The Royal Mail postal workers, with their bright red uniforms, have been particularly vulnerable to attack. It's gotten so bad that the service just stopped delivering mail there because a postwoman was attacked repeatedly by birds. A spokesperson told SWNS that they'd resume deliveries as soon as it's safe again.