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Man denies he fed ketamine to seagull after video goes viral

It’s not what it looks like, he insists.

A BRITISH MAN who caused something of a storm online after he was filmed apparently feeding the powerful tranquiliser ketamine to a seagull has denied he used the substance, and insisted it was a joke.

In a tweet, Josh Greenwood wrote:

“The lads over here in Ibiza have got sally the seagull fucked up of a chip with some KETchup on it!”

The footage shows him placing a white substance on a chip, and then stepping back, as a gull swoops to dine.

The reaction was, well, as you’d expect:


And on Twitter again, Greenwood wrote:

“People are messing me saying that the police are coming for me and I’m going to get battered.”

In a Facebook message to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner he later said it was all a joke.

“My mate put salt on a chip and a seagull ate it while I filmed.

“It’s called a joke. I have my mother on Twitter do you think I would publicly post something like that if it was what it’s made out to be?

“It’s called sarcasm! Making a joke out of it because of people like you overreacting to something that wasn’t even what it was made out to be.”

His solicitor, Paul Booth, told the paper:

“Salt is put on a chip which it is pretended is a drug and the chip is left for a seagull which takes the chip.

“This was a silly joke by a young man on holiday with his mates, who never intended it to be viewed by anyone outside his circle of friends. No drug was put on the chip, nor was the bird harmed in anyway.”

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