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I'm a little confused..

Eri and I rescued a baby seagull yesterday - it had fallen off a roof, and was in the street outside my house.. Adult seagulls were attacking it, and it wasn't safe from people or cars or anything, so we took it in and put it on the roof at the back of the house. And for a while it was okay up there - we gave it some food, and when I got home from work today, it seemed to be doing fine.

Then, on a whim, I decided to go check on it, and it was gone. It wasn't in any of the gardens, so I wondered if it had flown away, despite the fact that it didn't look remotely old enough to do that. Then after looking for it for ages, I spotted it hidden in a corner of the roof of the house behind ours. At the same time, an adult seagull landed next to it, and started pecking it. They fought, rather one-sided, with the adult trying to snap the baby's neck, pecking its wings and biting its head..

Eventually, as I'd hoped, the adult threw the baby off the roof (by its neck), which meant the baby landed safe and sound in a garden, where it immediately waddled for cover somewhere that bigger seagulls wouldn't be able to get. So for now it's safe, and hopefully the people whose garden it landed in will make sure it gets taken care of.

But I'm still confused about why it happened - it rather goes against common sense. Seagulls, by nature, nest quite close together. They evolved on cliff faces and rocky outcrops, densely packed with nests. While there's an advantage conferred to the fitness of an individual genetic line if they behave in an aggressive way, it's detrimental to group fitness. Altruism arises during times of hardship and remains with a species because it's the optimal behavior.

And yet, the seagulls in the city seem to virtually execute any stray young that happen to be around, while others look on and cry out in some sort of mass ritual... Is it that in an environment without natural predators, where food is plentiful and territory is freely available, that seagull behavior can evolve to be more territorial, more aggressive, simply because a group never has to cooperate? They're not forced to fight off attackers, they're not forced to look for food together, they're not forced to coexist in small areas.. Are city gulls just bastards because they can be?

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If I remember it right, if you (or someone) picked it up, your smell will be on the baby bird. The mother will not like it and try to push it away.

It's not the mother - it's just random adult seagulls trying their best to kill it

I dont know you..but

I stumbled across your journal out of pure accident. My internet explorer kept going haywire and somehow when I typed "Im getting pissed off" into the stupid search website that kept popping up, your website was the first one in the list of the search result.

On March 12, 2002 ( I know this is going waay back) you wrote a journal talking about 9/11. I usually dont stay and read, but I did. And I liked what I read. I never saw it from somebodys elses view especially from a foreigner (I'm assuming). Now I liked it soo much I was wondering, since I liked most of your "political" views I was wondering if I can make you a friend, and then maybe quote you from your 3/12 entry so I can make a point on my webpage. And then sometimes even check up on to see on what you written. But seriosly I'm a little late with this, but great post :)

oops.. not a pigeon. a seagull!

*hits head

Oh! That's what you were on about!

It makes so much more sense now :o)

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