Just desserts? Bird beaten for stealing ice cream

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A rare gull that apparently tried to
eat a husband and wife's ice cream was euthanized after the man
beat the bird with a stick.
Dragan Djuric, 50, of Wichita, Kansas, and his wife were eating
ice cream New Year's Eve on the boardwalk at Main Beach when a
flock of birds attacked them, Laguna Beach police Sgt. Jeff Calvert
said.
One bird hit Djuric's wife in the head and tried to take the ice
cream. Djuric was defecated on.
The couple dropped the frozen food and Djuric began hitting the
birds with a stick, Calvert said.
One of the birds - a rare Heermann's gull - sustained a broken
wing and was later euthanized.
Djuric was cited and released on suspicion of animal cruelty.
Heermann's gulls are on the Audubon Society's watch list for
at-risk birds. The creatures are surprisingly aggressive and steal
fish from the pouches of pelicans and chase other birds to take
their prey, according to the society's Web site.
The estimated population of Heermann's gulls is 525,000.


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