don't feed seagulls, kids pic.twitter.com/aZee8dF4mV— treesh (@ohthatstricia) July 12, 2016
A young boy, simply identified as A.J., learned the lesson of his life to never feed seagulls.
The 7-year-old was on the sands at Sea Isle City in New Jersey with his cousin, Patricia, when the incident took place. He was holding up some food in the air while his cousin followed him around filming a video, when a flock of seagulls suddenly surrounded him.
The boy was obviously caught unaware and terrified of the birds that were ready to attack him for food. Within a moment, he threw the goodies to the ground and began running away from the seagulls but they chased him hoping he would have something more to offer.
Patricia uploaded the video to Twitter in slow-mo to show the details of what really happened, and the clip instantly went viral, gaining around 14,000 likes and 11,000 retweets.
But some thought Patricia was out of line.
ok but who slo mo films a child getting attacked by a dozen seagulls... https://t.co/PxxmZyhfr5— Rach (@_rachelholland) July 13, 2016
boy: "dad can i feed the seagulls?"— kalynda (@KalyndaRoberts) July 13, 2016
dad: "sure son here's a chip"
boy: *gets attacked by seagulls*
dad: *videotapes* https://t.co/EVZnXDxS15
One comment that Patricia called “the best” compared the incident to Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Birds.”
53 years later, the sequel to alfred hitchcock's 'the birds' has finally been released https://t.co/GjQDUHXQua— dionysus (@VlCKYJ) July 13, 2016
After being called out by Twitter users for filming her cousin, Patricia found it necessary to clarify that she does not endorse seagull feeding.
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT ENDORSE SEAGULL FEEDING. THEY ARE AGGRESSIVE BIRDS— treesh (@ohthatstricia) July 13, 2016
Numerous tweets from her also showed she was frustrated of how the internet was having a hard time getting over the video, and would not stop picking on her.
world: let's pick on trish for the rest of her life— treesh (@ohthatstricia) July 23, 2016
everyone: got it!!
i'm so glad the word "ugh" was invented— treesh (@ohthatstricia) July 18, 2016
huge fan of the movie, but i'm not his father https://t.co/kTwnk08dqa— treesh (@ohthatstricia) July 17, 2016
he's my cousin, it was all his idea, and he thought it was hilarious. no harm done. just laugh. https://t.co/0QdQ00VMpm— treesh (@ohthatstricia) July 13, 2016