Blackpool Zoo Advertises Positions of “Seagull Deterrents” Who Can Scare Away the Birds | “You Might Be Able to Wing It”
We know what a scarecrow does—it scares away crows. However, some other birds like seagulls could also be of nuisance value. Hence, Blackpool Zoo is looking for human "seagull deterrents" who will dress up in costumes to scare away the pesky birds. Blackpool Zoo is a family-friendly destination with over 1,500 rare and exotic animals. The popular tourist attraction in Lancashire advertised the positions after management discovered that the birds were regularly stealing food from visitors and animal enclosures. The successful candidates would work as "seagull deterrents" for the "visitor services" team, according to the advertisement. It goes on to say that those who take on the roles must be "outgoing" and "comfortable wearing a bird costume."
Blackpool Zoo is hiring people to dress up in inflatable bird outfits and act as ‘seagull deterrents’.— VisitBlackpool (@visitBlackpool) April 24, 2023
Candidates must be “outgoing” and “comfortable wearing a bird costume.” No experience? You might be able to wing it 🤣
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The advertisement reads, "At Blackpool Zoo, it goes without saying that we love all animals! And as a seaside resort, Blackpool is not short of seagulls. However, the seagulls are proving to be a bit of a nuisance when it comes to trying to steal food from our visitors and our animal enclosures! We need to do what we can to keep the seagulls away from our main visitor dining areas, which is why we are looking for a team of people to join our Visitor Services team as 'Seagull Deterrents.' We are looking for people that are:
Visitor Focused, Friendly, Energetic, Flexible, and Outgoing – as you need to be comfortable wearing a bird costume! This role will be offered with variable seasonal hours."
It all sounds funny and adorable until you are troubled by real seagulls (not "seagull deterrents"). A woman was taken aback when she noticed that the pizza she had kept on the table had gone missing; it had been stolen by a seagull. A video of the bird flying away with the pizza had gone viral on social media, according to Times Now. A chirping bird can be heard in the background. The woman pans the camera in the direction of the bird flying away with her pizza. "No way!" she exclaims as she laughs. In the short clip, the woman is heard asking, "Oh my God! Who ate the pizza?" as she shows the empty pizza box kept on the table. While most netizens were in stitches, others believed the video had been edited. Some came forward to share their experiences with these flying thieves. "When we were kids a seagull swooped down and snatched a hot dog out of my sister's hand. Scared her to death and I died laughing," shared @nightfire1970. "Seagulls really do be stealing people's food and fly off to a short distance with it. We've had a whole Banh Mi sandwich stolen from our picnic at the beach!" commented @lilpicki.