When Chinese tourists are in a selfie-snapping mood, no seagull is safe.
One unfortunate feathered friend found this lesson out the hard way earlier this week after being tricked onto a tourist boat sailing off the coast of Dalian. Passengers lured the seagull on board with some food before plucking it up and passing it about while taking photos.
Despite having its neck and wings squeezed, the seagull reportedly managed to make it out of the photo session without serious injury.
However, that didn’t make the situation seem any less disgusting for one passenger who uploaded images of the incident to her Weibo account for all the Chinese internet to see. The pics quickly went viral, as netizens once again decried the uncivilized antics of some of their compatriots.
“Someone ought to grab them around the neck for a photo and see how they like it,” writes one web user.
Typically, seagull squeezing is a tradition that happens in China each winter as thousands of black-headed gulls descend upon the southern city of Kunming to escape from the harsh Siberian winters. However, in the “Spring City,” the gulls face a new threat.
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 sparked outrage online. Finally, earlier this year, one tourist slammed a seagull to the ground, breaking its wing, after being told to release the bird by security.
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