A 92-year-old woman was feeding the birds when a seagull swooped down and made off with her dentures.
Renee A’Bear had taken out her teeth in order to eat a biscuit, when the gull targeted her as she sat outside her retirement home in Sussex, the Bexhill Observer reported.
“Poor Renee came in crying her eyes out and absolutely distraught at having lost her teeth,” home manager Linda Stevens told the newspaper.
“Luckily her carers Melanie Marchant and Gill Roy, found a ladder and while Gill steadied it, Mel climbed up to retrieve the stolen dentures.”
Thankfully the teeth have been carefully cleaned and Renee can now see the funny side.
Yet it seems there is something alluring about dentures for some members of the animal kingdom.
In 2007 a Maine man captured the same mouse three times only for it to escape – the final time with his lower dentures.
Bill Exner told AP: “I knew that little stinker stole my teeth – I just knew it.”