This is the moment a tourist took a snap of his ice cream at the beach – just as a hungry seagull swooped in to eat the entire treat.
Phil Grant, 44, had just purchased the Mr Whippy with a flake on Whitby Pier and hadn’t even had a lick before the pesky bird stole it.
Hilarious pictures show him posing with the treat – and then two more of the gull tucking in and flying off carrying the ice cream.
Phil, from Manchester, said his wife Eve, 39, thought it was hilarious.
He said: “It was a sunny day, so my wife and I decided to visit Whitby. I’d grown nearby and after moving to Manchester, I’ve missed the coastal delights of the East Coast.
“I bought my childhood favourite and thought a snap of me holding my ice cream looking across from the pier towards Whitby Abbey would be a great photo for the family album.
“I felt something very large brush over the top of my head and the next thing I knew, a seagull was standing on the rocks below us, looking back up at me as he ate my ice cream!”
Poor Phil was in a state of disbelief, and left standing in shock holding only a sad empty cone as his wife laughed, on Whitby beach on August 4.
Thankfully, the ice cream seller witnessed the daylight robbery and took pity on town planner Phil, giving him a discounted second cone.
Determined not to lose his new snack, Phil guarded his ice cream away from the pesky gulls.
He said: “I would have never expected to be attacked as I revisited my childhood roots.
“Eve found the whole thing hilarious, stood watching me mourn my empty cone as she enjoyed her still very much intact ice cream!
“She did let me have a bit of her honeycomb cornet, which seemed to soften the blow of being robbed on the pier.
“I’m just glad I got to have another one at a discount, and I’ll have my wits about me in the future for any winged thieves eyeing up my food!”