Moment hungry seagull snatched two chicks from under parents' beaks

It should have been a proud day for the two duck parents, as their 13 adorable young offspring took to the water for the first time.

But instead a momentary lapse of attention led to the brutally-fast loss of two of their youngsters.

In just an instant, captured on camera, the duck family became the victim of a hungry gull on a hunting mission.

The adult ducks had been leading their brood on their very first swim in a pond in Herbert Park, Dublin. But then the adults became involved in an altercation with another duck, and flew off to chase it away. The lesser black-blacked gull, which had been circling the pond, seized its chance. It swooped down to the water and grabbed one of the young ducklings with its bill.


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