Allison and I were having lunch last week as she was temping near my office. She works near the water so one day we went to watch the ferries go back and forth to the islands while munching.
The seagulls near the ferry are feisty little scavengers. I seriously think that one of them would try to peck off my toe if I fell asleep. I sleep with one eye open around seagulls like those.
One came super close to Allison and I, so she threw a huge chunk of her apple at it in warning. To our complete surprise, the seagull SWALLOWED THE ENTIRE CHUNK OF APPLE WHOLE.
We sat there stunned for a few seconds.
Allison: Oh my god! Me: Did it... just eat that entire chunk? That was a big chunk! Allison: I didn't think it would swallow it! Just...peck at it or something? Me: I can see it stuck in his throat, I think.
The bird started to make vague choking sounds and screeching. We made alarmed facial expressions on the birds behalf.
Allison: Do you... think he's going to be okay? I feel terrible.
The birds throat started working furiously, pushing the apple chunk down into it's belly, where I felt like I could still see it. It then flew away and stood staring furiously at the water, cawing and bobbing it's neck and looking (to me) like it would keel over at any moment.
I think there's a lesson somewhere in there about thinking before you eat. Or maybe about throwing apple chunks at birds. Something like that.