A widow told how she formed a friendship with a SEAGULL nearly a decade ago – which visits her twice a day.
Maggie Burns-Bellingham, 71, was moved when she saw the injured bird hopping around her garden on one leg, back in 2012.
She named him Mr Seagull, and began hiding Nurofen inside bits of chicken from M&S to nurse him back to health.
But the brazen seagull hung around after he recovered – and for the past seven years, he has visited twice a day.
Maggie said: “When Mr Seagull first came, he kept trying to walk using one leg.
“I felt sorry for him and I just wanted to help.
“I ended up giving him pieces of chicken and hid painkillers inside them, and I did that for a couple of months.
“He would arrive in the morning and come back at teatime.
“He then went away at the end of June and came back in March – that must be their mating season.
“He came back the following year and both legs were on the ground.”
Stunned Maggie, who owned a bridal shop before retiring, told her friends – who refused to believe her.
She added: “No one could believe it was him but it was.
“It felt so nice to see him at his best.
“I would have not normally fed a seagull but he was special.
“He also needed help.”
Since her husband Frank died 12 years ago, from Alzheimer’s disease, Maggie has lived alone in a cottage in Perth, Perth and Kinross.
She believes Frank would be proud of her friendship with Mr Seagull.
Maggie added: “He also used to put food in the bird feeders so I’d like to think he would be happy to see me caring for the seagull.”
Mr Seagull gets Maggie’s attention by sweeping across her window and tapping her conservatory roof.
She said: “I feed him M&S chicken, he must love it – he swallows it in one go.
“It makes me happy to see him all the time.
“I never intended to have a friend like him but he must have trusted me.
“I have no idea how old he is but I believe the birds can live for 40 years.”
Maggie’s pals believe Mr Seagull is ‘unique’ – and her neighbours are understanding of their friendship, despite the species’ bad reputation.
She added: “If I was attracting hundreds of seagulls they wouldn’t like it but he is lovely.
“He should be away in his travels by now but he has not gone away.”