Merciless seagull attacks toddler for her Gregg’s pasty

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Cathryn Raine with daughter Freya Yhia-Raine (Picture: Mercury)

A dive-bombing seagull viciously attacked a toddler for her Gregg’s pasty, leaving her with a large bruise on her ear.

Freya Yhia-Raine, who is about to turn two, clung onto the cheese pasty but the bird persisted, pecking her and flapping its wings in the struggle.

Mum Cathryn Raine, 23, said it was ‘horrible. She wouldn’t stop crying.

‘I was just thinking I needed to get the pasty off her and get the bird away before it caused some real damage.

Freya had to go to the doctor after the attack, as her mum feared she would get an infection.

She has been left terrified of birds and too scared to eat outside – while Cathryn claims she had to endure a visit from social services because of the injury.

She was left with a bruise on her ear (Picture: Mercury)

Cathryn, from South Shields, County Durham, said: ‘It just swooped down out of nowhere and dived into the pram.

‘She had it half in her mouth and the seagull was trying to pull it out of her mouth.

‘It was flapping its wings and hitting her, so I’m not sure whether it was the wings or its beak that caused the bruising.

‘She was petrified. People started to come over to see what was going on.

‘Finally I managed to yank the pasty away and the bird followed it. It wasn’t scared of people at all, it just wanted the pasty.’

‘It was flapping its wings and hitting her, so I’m not sure whether it was the wings or its beak that caused the bruising.’ (Picture: Mercury)

Full-time mum Cathryn, who lives with Freya’s dad Lewis Yhia, 24, said: ‘Because it was such a bad bruise on her left ear the doctors had to call social services who came to see me the next day.

‘They came and said it was the seagull that had caused the injury but couldn’t determine if it was caused by its beak or wing.

‘Now she won’t eat any food outside at all and she’s terrified of birds – even pigeons. I don’t think she’ll be going near them anytime soon.

‘It could have been a lot worse. I dread to think what could have happened if it had been a baby in the pram.’





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