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April 23, 2023
This Zoo Is Hiring People To Dress Up As Giant, Terrifying Birds To Ward Off Seagulls
The job posting is for "variable" seasonable hours and says candidates must be "outgoing - as you need to be comfortable wearing a bird costume!".
\u201cBlackpool Zoo is trying to recruit human 'seagull deterrents' https://t.co/08oBtugFuL\u201d— Daily Mail Online (@Daily Mail Online) 1682236796
"'At Blackpool Zoo it goes without saying that we love all animals! And as a seaside resort, Blackpool is not short of seagulls. However, the seagulls are proving to be a bit of a nuisance when it comes to trying to steal food from our visitors and our animal enclosures! We need to do what we can to keep the seagulls away from our main visitor dining areas, which is why we are looking for a team of people to join our Visitor Services team as 'Seagull Deterrents.'"
The zoo is located just a few miles off the coast, which is why it has such an issue with pesky seagulls. The zoo also has more than 1,350 animals, drawing huge crowds of people - and a looot of food for seagulls to feast on.
I don't really understand how this works as a deterrent. Do the seagulls recognize the giant humanoid seagull as their leader? Can they even tell it looks like a bird? It seems like the zoo is just trying to make its workers do it for the fun of it. And it does look quite ridiculous.
But, according to at least one Trip Advisor review, it seems they've exhausted other measures: "Compared to other zoos that we have visited, Blackpool Zoo was enjoyable but not exceptional. The zoo has a major problem with seagulls dive bombing the area surrounding the café/restaurant - this was unsettling for some families, especially, the children. The zoo has put up 'dummy' falcons/hawks on the roof of the establishment but this is not working. The zoo will have to become more creative in dealing with a serious problem." And that they did, my friends.
Lily is a Zoomer college dropout who somehow landed a writing gig here at LwC.com. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs, touching grass, and occasionally tweeting tweets for fellow tweeters.
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