A male tourist who seriously injured a seagull as he was attempting to catch it then bring it home to eat in Kunming, Yunnan province attracted criticism from wildlife protection groups and web users yesterday.
An onlooker at the scene surnamed Geng said he stepped up and tried to stop the man, who responded: “I want to bring it back home and taste it.”
Upon witnessing the tourist trying to catch the seagull, other tourists and citizens reprimanded the man until he dropped the bird and fled onto his tour bus. Geng took photos of the injured bird and brought the evidence to gull-protectors in the area.
When wildlife protection staff arrived, they found the seagull on the ground with a broken wing. It was then sent to a wildlife rescue center for treatment.
According to Kunming government regulations, injuring, catching or illicit trafficking of seagulls can result in administrative punishment. Catching more than 20 seagulls is considered a crime.
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By Lucy Liu
[Images via Xinhua]