Student left with bloody head injury after attack by swooping seagull

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A student from Birmingham is recovering from a head wound after being attacked by a swooping seagull in Wales.

Shannon Harris was left with a gash to her scalp after she went to help a baby gull which had wandered onto a busy road in Aberystwyth.

As she approached to within a metre of the baby bird, an adult gull swooped on the 18-year-old, using its powerful beak to stab her head after becoming tangled in her hair.

Gulls are known to attack if their young are threatened
Gulls are known to attack if their young are threatened Credit: PA

Speaking after the attack, she said:

I ran back to my house with one seagull caught in my hair and the others still swooping down on me, clipping their beaks. I was terrified - my hands were shaking so much I couldn't unlock my front door.

– Shannon Harris, student from Birmingham

The 18-year-old student is currently studying at Aberystwyth University, where locals claim attacks by gulls are on the increase.

For more on this story visit the ITV Wales website.