Swedish man’s pet gull sentenced to death

A man in Nora, central Sweden, who captured a herring gull as a chick and kept it in his bathroom for two years, has been told by Nora municipality that the bird must be killed.

Swedish man's pet gull sentenced to death
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The bird was discovered in the man's dark, tiny bathroom when an animal welfare inspector made an inspection following a complaint, according to Örebro newspaper, Nerikes Allehanda.

The man said that he had captured the bird as a chick and had since fed the fish and vitamins, and also let it fly in his apartment.

According to the inspector, the herring gull will be unable to fend for itself in nature, as it has not learned to forage for food itself and has never flown outdoors. Since it is prohibited to catch and care for wild birds without a permit, the decision was taken to destroy the bird.