Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cheeky gull

Cheeky gull, cheeky gull,
what did you snatch?

Junk food is very bad for you.
Find a fish to catch!

Cheeky gull, sneaky gull,
what did you steal?

Surely you could find
a healthier meal!

Cheeky gull, beaky gull,
what did you eat?

Those Doritos
don’t make a good treat!

Cheeky gull, freaky gull,
where did you go?

Are you seeking
some garbage to throw?

Cheeky gull, cheeky gull,
how was your snack?

I’m sure that tomorrow
you will be back!

By Bela, Ursula, and Rachel Westfall

inspired by the above image, which came in an email with an explanation, below:

A seagull in St. John 's, NL has developed the habit of stealing Doritos from a neighbourhood convenience store. The seagull waits until the Manager isn't looking, and then walks into the store and grabs a snack-size bag of cheese Doritos. Once outside, the bag gets ripped open and shared by other birds. The seagull's shoplifting started early this month when he first swooped into the store in St. John 's, and helped himself to a bag of Doritos. Since then, he's become a regular. He always takes the same type of chips. The Manager thinks it's great because people are coming to watch the feathered thief make the daily grab and run, and that's good for business, and especially since customers have begun paying for the seagull's stolen bags of Doritos because they think it's so funny. However, the Manager did say, "This is Newfoundland, and if that seagull starts to grab a 6-pack of beer to go along with the Doritos, I may have to put a stop to it."

The image is supposed to be a moving .gif file, which shows the gull enter the store, grab a bag of chips, and leave. Unfortunately, it's coming up as a still image here! For some reason, Blogger is converting it from a .gif to a .png. Bah! You'll have to just imagine the heist.

Update, Feb 25: thank you NollyPosh for the YouTube link! It turns out the bird isn't a Newfie after all; he's from Aberdeen, Scotland. Isn't it curious how these stories get twisted and turned as they are told and retold?


Linda S. Socha said...

Love this one. What a light hearted fun approach

Karen said...

I love it -- the playful poem and the story itself. I love that your young ones helped you write this, too. "Train a child in the way that he should go..." (or something like that) :-)

Anonymous said...

sounds like Newfoundlers..at least the ones I know..:)

Kyddryn said...

Gulls follow the ferry from the mainland to Martha's Vineyard, waiting or tourists to toss them some chips or a bit of hot dog - and they will snatch food right out of a child's hand of there's no attendant parent standing guard over the tot's snack.

They will also remain inland when blown off course if they find a ready source of easy food, like a dump or open trash bins.

People like them...but I think it's sad...and more than a little wrong.

Shade and Sweetwater,

nollyposh said...

i ~love~ it ... The birds revenge X;-)
(Ps) i found the utube version (Might be easier to blog?)
Thanks for the *giggle* Great poem!

christopher said...

We underestimate the cleverness of the feathered ones. They surprise us sometimes. Thank you for sharing.

Poetikat said...

Okay, Rachel. You're not going to believe this, but I have a poem about this exact same gull! (video and everything)

Look for "Gull Loot" on my blog and you'll see it. Better yet, here: http://hyggedigter.blogspot.com/2007/10/not-thieving-magpie.html



Poetikat said...

This video isn't from NL, it's from Scotland. I've seen the newscast.


Poetikat said...

Oops! I saw your addendum. Sorry about that.


Karen said...

Now I have to go back to Kat's place. Will I never leave blogland? I'm beginning to think not.. LOL

RachelW said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm sorry the little gif file didn't work, as it is really entertaining.

Kyddryn, yes it is sad-- though I love the connection we can build with these birds, and I appreciate their cleverness, they shouldn't eat junk food any more than we should.

Kat, how wonderful that we wrote poems about the same cheeky bird! :) I thought of you when we were writing this, and the wonderful poem you wrote about a greedy squirrel.

Thanks, Nollyposh for the link-- this provided me with more accurate information about the bird's lineage. ;)

Ravy said...

LOL....I love seagulls! what cheek!