Each winter, thousands of gulls descend upon Kunming following their long migration south from Siberia, only to wind up being caught and crushed for tourists’ selfies or amusement.
A middle-aged tourist was spotted by security on Monday snaring one of Kunming’s black-headed gulls. When he was told to release the bird, the man instead slammed it to the ground in protest, breaking the bird’s wings.
For his actions, police fined the man 2,500 yuan.
Another consequence is that the unnamed man has become a pariah online with many netizens criticizing his “uncivilized” behavior and advocating for harsher punishment.
“The bird needs justice. A wing for a wing!” writes one Weibo user.
But it’s not like this is something that hasn’t happened before. It seems like each and every winter, tourists in Kunming find new ways to harm our feathery friends.
Back in 2014, a tourist broke one gull’s wing while attempting to catch and eat it. The next year, photos of a man holding a gull by its feet in order to snap some pictures caused outrage online. And last February, a couple of laowai were spotted “shooting” at the flocks of gulls living at Kunming’s Green Lake Park, though later police investigated and found that the gun was just a “toy.”
[Images via Weibo]
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