Over the weekend, photos of a seagull swallowing a rat whole were splashed all over the newspapers, leaving the nation with an ominous thought...
If a seagull can swallow a rat whole, what else can a seagull devour?
Headlines warned of the risk of seagulls turning to crawling babies for their next meal, with the Daily Star going as far as to say "experts warn psycho birds WILL attack and kill babies."
"Freddie Seagull ate my baby" pic.twitter.com/QEbMho7a1P— Martin Abrams (@Martin_Abrams) July 26, 2015
Simon Prentis, the leader of the (slightly biased) anti-seagull Gull Awareness Group, warned the Daily Star: “To a seagull, what’s the difference between a dog playing on the lawn and a baby playing on the lawn?
“If somebody were to leave a baby sleeping in a pram or push chair and it was unattended, the worst could happen.
“I would not wish it on anybody but we’re headed in that direction.”
Luckily, David Cameron has called for a "big conversation" on the issue of pesky seagulls stealing tourist's fish and chips on the seaside and potentially eating our babies.
While we're waiting for that to happen, let's cast our minds back to that time a seagull actually came back from the dead...