A woman has revealed how a seagull became her ‘best friend’ during lockdown – only for him to vandalize her house before taking a bite out of her nose.
Hayley Binnington, who lives in West Sussex, got out of bed when she heard a ‘crash’ from her balcony on October 29.
The 41-year-old began filming the seagull as it began to puke all over the flat, knocking over furniture.
Mrs Binnington tried to pick up the bird and take a picture with it until the seagull took a bite out of her nose and crushed it one of her veneers.
The 41-year-old began filming the seagull before it started knocking over furniture and puking all over her flat (Pictured: Mrs Binnington with the seagull on her windowsill)
After she ‘thrown it out the window’, she was left with a ‘bloody’ nose and had to superglue the veneer back.
The video, which was published on TikTok, was viewed more than 2.3 million times as thousands of commenters expressed their enthusiasm.
Mrs Binnington said ‘I knew what’ [the noise] was right away – it has happened quite often.
‘I just think it’s funny. I’m a pretty laid back person – if I were any more chill I’d be in a coma. I just really don’t care.
“Since he was in my hand, I decided to give him a hug before releasing him, but he kissed me. I think he was annoyed because he [potato] wedges.
‘He bit my nose; I threw it out the window and suddenly my veneer was in my mouth! I thought, “Oh no, what happened?”.
Hayley Binnington (pictured), who lives in West Sussex, got out of bed when she heard a ‘crash’ from her balcony on October 29 (Picture: the seagull bit the 41-year-old’s nose)
“I had to make a dental appointment, but now I have some superglue to try and stick it back on.
“It really hurt my nose. I have a cut. I have to keep applying cream and make sure it is cleaned properly.
“He cut all the way from one side, under and in the nose, but also through the middle and the other side.
“So I’ve got a cut on my nose. It’s all scabby and bloody. But it will go, it will go away.’
Despite the attack, no love was lost between the two when ‘Bernie’ the seagull returned to the window for ‘five seconds’ after being thrown out.
Mrs. Binnington tried to pick up the bird and take a picture with it before the seagull bit her nose and shattered one of her veneers (Photo: Mrs. Binnington takes a selfie with Bernie the seagull)
The bird watched from the windowsill as the former barber cleaned up his mess.
Ms Binnington, who lives with wife Betty three floors above Bernie’s nest, first became ‘best buddies’ with the seagull in the summer of 2020.
The two have an affectionate relationship, according to Ms. Binnington, as they often hold hands and the seagull is usually happy to be touched.
The ‘modern Snow White’ feeds her gull-partner-in-crime on a daily basis, going so far as to have him deliver breakfast, despite previously being fined £150 by her building manager for feeding the birds .
After ‘throwing it out the window’ she was left with a ‘bloody’ nose and was forced to glue the veneer back in (Photo: Mrs Binnington holding the seagull)
Mrs Binnington said, ‘I am his friend. I think he pretends to be my friend because he wants some food, but I think he really loves me.
“It was during covid years and everyone was inside, so he kind of became a new best friend.
“He’s one of the few people I actually see. I see him every day and I see my mother once a month.
“I’ve collected the feathers he leaves on the windowsill and I’m going to make a dreamcatcher out of it.”
No love was lost between the two when ‘Bernie’ the seagull (pictured) returned to the window for ‘five seconds’ after being thrown (Pictured: the seagull flapping its wings on the windowsill)
On TikTok, someone said, “This is such an incredible relationship you have with him. He’s cheeky and I love it.’ A second said: ‘What a giggle. Naughty Bernie haha.’
A third fan of the mischievous seagull wrote, “The way you talk to him tells me everything I need to know about Bernie and his chaotic lifestyle.”
However, some suggested that Mrs Binnington should be more careful when holding a wild seagull, which could inflict even more serious injury on her.
One said, ‘What did you expect? He’s a seagull, not a house cat!’ A second added: ‘Let him go bruh.’
Another wrote: “You don’t pick him up like that – next time try to get his wings on his body and then hold him with the wings next to his body.”
A fourth said, “I waited for your eye to pop out… they’re wild and will do it that way. You have to be more careful when handling them.’