What would you do if you were the headmaster of a public school and students’ lunches were constantly being stolen by some pesky seagulls? You’d probably tell students to eat inside or at a different time of day.But one school in Scotland took food theft very seriously and recruited a bird of prey — a giant hawk — to scare away the seagulls so students could eat in peace.
Spiney the Harris Hawk was “hired” for £7,000 ($10,157 USD) and brought in to watch over Perth Grammar School in Tayside. The hawk scared off seagulls that had been dive-bombing students and eating their food.
“This stage of pest control action has now concluded, however we will continue with other measures to discourage gulls from the school premises, such as disruption to nesting and making sure the school environment and pupils do not encourage the gulls to return,” A Perth and Kinross Council spokesman told The Independent.