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Sunday 26 January 2020

Gull friend: Hurt bird will not get off rescuer's head

Winging it: Donal had to call in experts for advice when the gull, which he believes had been hit by a car near his home, refused to get off his head
Winging it: Donal had to call in experts for advice when the gull, which he believes had been hit by a car near his home, refused to get off his head

Louise Walsh

An animal lover who rescued an injured seagull found himself with a very persistent feathered friend when the bird refused to get off his head.

Musician Donal Norton, from Navan, Co Meath, had to ring Birdwatch Ireland after spending three hours trying to get the bird off. Every time he tried to leave his shed, it pecked at his head.

Donal thinks the bird was hit by a car outside his house on Saturday afternoon.

"I put it in a box and hung around with the bird for a half an hour and suddenly it jumped out of the box on to my shoulder and then on to my head, where it stayed for over three hours," he said.

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"Every time I tried to leave my shed, it started pecking my head."

Birdwatch Ireland told him the seagull's behaviour suggested it was concussed. "They told me how to coax it on to the roof of my Jeep and then I quickly picked it up and popped it into a box," said Donal, who is now caring for the bird.

Irish Independent

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