A man's tongue was eaten by a seagull after it was bitten off while kissing a female yob.
Part of James McKenzie's tongue was swiped by the bird from the pavement after the brutal attack by Bethany Ryan, 27.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told Mr McKenzie was permanently maimed following an argument between the pair in the city Leith Walk.
Prosecutor Susan Dickson said the row led to Mr McKenzie threatening Ryan with "a clenched fist."
However, she added that the thug "somewhat oddly, responded to that by pushing him on the body and kissing him".
She went on: "She kissed him on the lips and bit through his tongue, which caused a piece to be removed.
"Mr McKenzie walked off and spat it out, at which point the piece of muscle was picked up by a large seagull that made off with it."
The victim was taken to hospital, with his injury still "oozing blood".
Ryan, of Lochend, Edinburgh, pled guilty to assaulting Mr McKenzie in August 2019 to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement. The sentence was deferred by Sheriff Nigel Ross.
A study published in the Royal Society journal Open Science revealed seagulls prefer food that has been handled by humans as they see us as a sign of food availability.
Earlier this month, a seagull attacked a world champion boxer – and won.
Chantelle Cameron revealed the peckish gull snatched her butty when she let her guard down.
The two-weight world champ, 29, told the Daily Star: "I was sitting there eating a baguette, looked away for a split second and the next thing I knew this seagull was flying off with it.
"I just sat there thinking, 'What was that all about?' I thought about chasing after it, but that would have looked a bit silly – and I can't fly."
She went on: "I've read about psycho seagulls in the paper and thought it was a bit of a joke – but now I know it's not.
"I'm going to keep an eye out for them."
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