China’s peaceful “Spring City” was thrown into chaos yesterday by two laowai dudes with an airsoft gun.
The pair was spotted at Kunming’s Green Lake Park, locals said that they were taking some potshots at the city’s signature black-headed gulls. Bystanders were shocked, believing the gun to be real, and tried to reason with the guys, but to no avail, NetEase reports.
Police were then called and arrived on the scene to confirm that the gun was in fact a mere toy and also incapable of actually firing any rounds. Don’t worry, we’re confused too.
Anyway, Chinese netizens have angrily commented that the two foreigners have disturbed the harmony that exists between Kunming and the gulls — that is only otherwise knocked off balance by photo hungry tourists trying to grab the poor birds.
Each winter, these gulls migrate down from Siberia to spend the season flapping around Kunming’s Green Lake Park and Dianchi Lake. They’ve been visiting for more than 30 years and always draw quite the crowd.
According to Kunming government regulations, injuring, catching or illicit trafficking of gulls can result in administrative punishment. No word on what that means for these dudes at this time. The case is currently under further investigation.