A West Sussex school is having to carry out repairs to a stuffed seagull after it came under sustained attack during a sponsored walk.
It was not pupils who attacked the bird, but a flock of living, screeching seagulls that dive-bombed the school playing field at Medmerry Primary in Selsey, near Chichester.
The stuffed bird had been placed on the field as one of a checklist of animals for children to spot while completing their fundraising laps. But local seagulls took offence at this encroachment on their territory and launched an attack.
"They were dive-bombing, and one of the wardens had his clothes ruined," Claire Whelan, a teaching assistant, told the Chichester Observer.
"The seagull has been with the school for years."