Having lived here in Florida my whole life, I have had plenty of run-ins with seagulls. They are fast, sneaky, and possessed of amazing chutzpah. They are however, birds, and they know it. Their modus operandi is to steal your shit and get gone as fast as their feathered butts can move. (I watched helplessly one time as a gull stole the pepperoni from my pizza as it was moving towards my face. At a range of zero, there was nothing I could do.)
Enter Dragan Djuric and his wife, walking along the boardwalk in Laguna Beach, her with an ice cream cone… I think you can see where this is headed. Unfortunately for the gulls, Dragan happened to be carrying a stick at the time and beat one gull to death, and injured a second. Unfortunately for Dragan, the birds were the rare and federally protected Heeman’s Gulls, and the much beset Mr. Djuric is now looking at formal charges.
Revenge may be sweet, but it’s not as sweet as shrugging your shoulders and going back to buy your wife another ice cream would have been.
(P.S. Mr. Djuric claims he was viciously attacked by the gulls and was merely defending himself and his good lady wife. Witnesses who commented say it was Dragan who went after the gulls. I can even understand the impulse, and don’t really fault the brutal lying thug for it.)