Tourists were horrified when they saw a man throttle a seagull at the beach after it stole his doughnut.
Horrified onlookers watched as the man grabbed the bird and held it upside down by the neck before he threw it over the pier wall.
Tourists in the seaside town of Torquay watched as he grabbed one of a flock of gulls which swooped on his doughnut on the sea wall.
Devon Live reported how he managed to grab one gull by the neck and held it until it dropped his doughnut which he picked up and started eating again.
Those witnessing the moment gasped as he then flung the seagull over the sea wall.
A video of the man, who reportedly has a northern accent, was filmed by a young woman from Torquay who was eating outside Pier Point with her mother.
She said the incident had already been going on for “quite a while” before she grabbed her phone to film the end of the incident.
“It went on for such a long time,” she told the publication.
“Nobody really reacted – everybody was just kind of dumbstruck – so I grabbed my phone and filmed the end of it.
“It looked like he had just bought the doughnuts from the Pier Point Chippy – then he put them up on the seawall to answer his phone and the gulls all descended.
“So he grabbed one by the throat and had it in his hand for over a minute and everyone sitting outside at Pier Point restaurant turned around and looked at him in horror – but he didn’t care. He just carried on.
“The gull dropped the doughnut and he just picked it up and carried on eating it and licking his fingers!
“When people were all staring he just said ‘It took my doughnut’ in a northern accent as if it was a perfectly normal thing to do. But it was horrible.”
Another onlooker reportedly said: “It was odd that nobody reacted but it was such a weird thing to see.
“He didn’t seem to care what people thought.”
Seagulls are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which means it is against the law to injure or kill them.