WEIRD NEWS
08/01/2013 12:54 pm ET Updated Aug 01, 2013

Dina Wilson Has To Wear Colander On Head To Protect Her From Seagull Attacks

Those birds have a lot of gull.

Dina Wilson, 71, from Kent, England has been forced to wear a colander on her head to help protect against the threat of seagull attacks, according to Kent Online.

Wilson "has been dive-bombed by a bird nesting in her roof" repeatedly whenever she goes into her garden.

She's now asking town councilors in Herne Bay to consider steps that would prevent people from feeding the gulls and would also require restaurants to cover their trash, which seagulls take much pleasure in devouring, Kent Online reports.

"We have got grandchildren and while an attack on an adult is bad, it's another thing with a child," Wilson said. "It could be quite scary for them."

Wilson's unorthodox method for dealing with feisty seagulls is hardly the only novel way of protecting against attacks.

Last year, STV reported on a Scottish town where government officials developed a plan to deter seagulls from nesting on roofs by coating them in a "Bird Free gel," designed to make the feathered fighters think the roofs were on fire.

If you should ever find yourself the unsuspecting victim of a gull attack, the Guardian tells you what to expect:

First comes the "gag call" – a low, repeated warning call that essentially means: Go away. Next is the low pass, within a metre or two of the intruder's head. Then aerial operations commence. Phase one is bombardment: gulls target the perceived threat with droppings and vomit. Phase two is all-out attack – usually a low, raking strike to the back of the head with talons extended.

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