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If you think our seagulls are bad, you haven't seen what's going on in Australia

Be careful out there during seagull breeding season.

Image: Screenshot via Manly Daly

WE ARE IN the midst of a terrifying time of the year.

When people fear leaving their homes, risk their lives even taking a quick trip to the shop, and are kept awake at night by evil cackling – seagull breeding season.

Last year a Fianna Fáil senator said the seabirds are “losing the run of themselves”, squawking loud at night and ‘attacking young children and dispossessing them of their lollipops’.

Ned O’Sullivan’s call for a cull was prompted by concerned members of the public calling into Liveline to share their horror stories.

But we have it easy compared to what’s going on down under.

Images have emerged of seagulls on Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia, being brazen enough to land on someone’s face to steal a chip from their mouth.

One man, Ben Spiller, risked scratches to his face to capture the spectacle.

He did it all in the name of “a pretty funny Snapchat”, the Manly Daily reports.

PastedImage-27564 Source: el.tatu via Instagram

The paper has also captured footage of the seagulls diving in slow-motion to pluck the chips from his mouth.

A local mayor insisted security sources have informed her that the seagulls are coming from Bondi beach,”because the fish and chips in Bondi are not as good as the ones at Manly Beach”.

Read: Senator Ned O’Sullivan is stepping up his campaign against seagulls >

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