CNN) Seagulls prefer to eat food that humans have already touched, according to new research. Scientists from the University of Exeter in the UK showed herring gulls two identical pieces of food, and noticed the birds were more likely to eat the one that they had seen a human holding. This suggests that gulls’ decisions on what to eat are informed by human actions. […] “Our study shows that cues from humans may play an important part in the way gulls find food, and could partly explain why gulls have been successful in colonizing urban areas.” […] “Herring gulls are quite adaptable and are likely to be moving into urban areas because of the resources available,” she said.
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