Young Thomas West was eating a doughnut when the bloodthirsty bird swooped down and cut his finger
Thomas West was tucking into a doughnut when the bullying bird swooped and knocked the treat from his hand.
The bird remained on the terrified youngster and four others dived in as blood began oozing from a cut finger.
The attack happened on Sunday afternoon in the centre of Plymouth, Devon as Thomas was out with his parents.
It came after concerns from others about a particularly aggressive set of gulls operating at the same spot outside a Sainsbury's supermarket.
They were so vicious. I was so shocked.
Store first-aiders helped the shaken youngster who was taken to the minor injuries unit so his bleeding hand could be cleaned up.
Dad Gary, 37, of Plymouth, said: "Thomas was holding his food normally and the gull came from nowhere out of the sky.
"I didn't really know what was going on, I just heard my boy start to shout.
Thomas was taken to the minor injuries unti so his wound could be cleaned
"He had blood all over his hand, and his doughnut was on the floor.
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"The seagull was still on him when four other gulls then joined in. It was terrifying."
Gary, who works at the Royal Mail, added: "I've always dismissed it when people say they've been attacked by seagulls.
"It sounds ridiculous, I thought it was just silly stories.
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A seagull swopped up to a young man and stole a chunk from his ice cream cone
"But they were so vicious. I was so shocked and I'm not too sure what can be done to stop this happening to people in such a busy area.
"I'm not going to give my children food outside anymore. People should be aware."
Since the attack several others have flocked to social media to report being attacked by what they claim is one particularly savage bird.
Charlotte Turner says one particular bird attacked her in the same spot after landing on her shoulder and pinching her cheeseburger.
Seagull attacks have been on the rise in recent years in the southwest of England
Attacks in Devon and Cornwall have become increasingly common in recent years.
Several other youngsters have been hospitalised and In 2015 a pet dog was attacked and killed in back garden in Newquay.
And last year one of the angry birds swooped into a Truro supermarket – causing terrified shoppers to flee.
Thomas was lucky to escape with minor injuries – a pet dog was killed by gulls in Newquay in 2015
Plymouth MP Oliver Colvile is currently helping lead a call for action in Parliament against the menacing birds.
Several solutions have so far been tried or proposed including producing educational newspapers to wrap fish and chips in St Ives.
And earlier this month the Mayor of Truro called for anyone caught feeding seagulls to be given on the spot £50 fines.