TAKE a beak at this.
Evie the seagull has gained a place as a family pet after the chick was nursed back from the brink of death by an animal-loving grandma.
Sandra Collier’s began to care for the herring gull after she landed on her garden lawn around a month ago.
The grandma-of-five, of Fulwell, saw the bird was in need of urgent care and decided to shelter her in her garden shed, believing she would be giving the bird a quiet place to die as she thought she was unlikely to make it.
Now, thanks to Sandra’s care, the gull is living in her back garden and makes visits into the home, while sleeping in a cat bed and drinking from a children’s slide as rest of her family – mother, father and two other chicks – live on the roof of the house.
One of its parents, thought to be its father, visits his offspring in the garden.
“I’ve never taken a bird in before,” said Sandra, who picked the name Evie after a family friend’s daughter.
“I’m not mad, but when you see something in distress like that you have to do something.
“I don’t know whether it had fallen off the roof into the front garden, or been pushed, but it was very scared.
“It was just a ball of fluff really, and I put it in a cat carrier and put it in the back garden, and its been here ever since.” Sandra, 67, who has previously worked for animal charity PDSA, fed the chick, offering it cat food to begin with.
“Apparently that was the right thing to do,” she said.
“Now it likes cooked meats and pilchards, and bread soaked in milk.
“It’s getting bigger all the time and I’m just wondering when it’s going to fly – it’s nice to see something grow.”
Sandra, who is also a cat lover, said friends and family were not surprised she was caring for the bird, which taps at the window for attention, ventures into the conservatory and lies on the doormat.
“They weren’t really surprised I’ve taken it in,” she said.
“I’ve had four cats and they’ve all lived till they were 17.”
She added that neighbours are not bothered by the family of gulls living around her house.
“They don’t mind,” she said.
“They think it’s nice. One of them said it couldn’t have fallen into a better garden and it’s nice to see how it’s grown.
“I would say she is domesticated now, though she doesn’t let me pick her up anymore – she’s too big and quick.
“I wouldn’t want her to stay, I’m hoping she will fly soon. But when she can fly hopefully she will come back and visit. I’ve grown quite attached to her now.”