Baby doll

Happy reunion after a diving seagull snatched Bodmin’s baby doll from him

A little girl found herself crying after a seagull snatched away her beloved doll in a park – thinking it was food.

The seagull dove and picked up Yasmin Blanchard’s doll – named Baby – as she played with the toy in a park in Bodmin on Sunday August 29.

The two-year-old’s father, Matthew Blanchard, said the gull dove and grabbed him after Yasmin dropped him. Other seagulls then “dive-bombed” Baby.

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Mr. Blanchard said BBC News that Yasmin ‘bawled his eyes out’ as other gulls joined in, fighting over the toy before he finally dropped it on the roof of a nearby school and was rescued by council employees.

Mr Blanchard said: “Yasmin was happily playing on the swings and taking her baby down the slide. There were lots of seagulls in the park just dotted around, and she managed to drop the baby as she walked up the hill. “

From there, he said the seagull “took the chance and dived in and grabbed it.”

He believed the bird would quickly drop him realizing it wasn’t food, but instead the other seagulls took an interest and ‘dive-bombed’ the baby.

“I had to kick her out of the park because she was so upset,” Mr Blanchard said, but his toddler didn’t talk about anything else in the days that followed.

“I convinced her that someone could get it back another day, but I couldn’t see any way to get it back,” he continued.

The family contacted Bodmin Town Council who sent a worker to collect the doll on Tuesday allowing a reunion between Yasmin and Baby that evening and saying they are incredibly grateful for the kind gesture.

“She was over the moon when she picked up this baby and she hasn’t let go since,” they said.

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