Chaotic video catches wily seagull stealing a toy fish from Ohio store near Lake Erie

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A clueless seagull has become a hit on social media, after it was caught trying to steal a toy fish from a nautical gift shop on Lake Erie’s Ohio shore. The shoplifting incident occurred last week at the Northern Exposure Candle Company in Port Clinton, Ohio, and video shows humans were led on a chase up and down the aisles by the wily bird. “No, no, you’re not taking it. Drop it, drop it!” a staffer is heard yelling. “Give me that back.” The bird eventually makes it out the front door and takes off down the sidewalk, with the toy firmly in its beak. “OMG!! This baby seagull can’t fly so he’s terrorizing our shops by sneaking in,” store co-owner Kelly Rigoni wrote on Facebook. “This is the third time he got in the door and grabbed a fake walleye from our toy section.” The video was also shared on Facebook by the company , which noted: “Never a boring day for our customers.” Store staff said the toy was recovered . However, the thieving bird continues to return , the company said. Hundreds have reacted to the video on Facebook, including people from the neighborhood who said the gull has tried getting into their home. “How do you report this to the police department let alone your insurance company?” David DeVore wrote on Facebook. “Got to love to seagulls! They aren’t only (pooping) on your car now, they are stealing from our stores,” Stephanie Smithers posted. “Someone is going to have a heck of a belly ache!” Lynne Goetz said. Co-owner Kelly Rigoni says her staff was trying to get the fish back because they feared the bird might “get hurt or die from eating a plush toy.” “Nothing like a walleye stuff animal to fool a real seagull,” she wrote on Facebook. 35 Super Rich Pastors and How Much They’re Worth Good morning. The US Senate passed a giant bipartisan infrastructure bill in the early hours of Wednesday morning, with 19 Republicans joining the entire Democratic caucus to push it through . 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Mid-May, US forces withdraw from the air base in Kandahar, one of the largest in the country. – Taliban advances – The insurgents seize districts in Wardak province, 40 km (25 miles) from Kabul, and restive Ghazni, a key province straddling roads connecting Kabul to Kandahar, the second-largest city. In mid-June, the Taliban capture several districts in the northern provinces of Faryab, Takhar and Badakhshan, forcing the military to retreat from a number of areas. – Key borders – The Taliban take control of the main Shir Khan Bandar border crossing with Tajikistan, prompting the Central Asian country to check the combat readiness of its armed forces on June 22. The insurgents seize other routes to Tajikistan, as well as the districts leading to Kunduz, capital of the northern province of the same name, about 50 kilometres from the Tajik border. – US leaves Bagram – Officials on July 2 announce the departure of all US and NATO troops from Bagram, Afghanistan’s biggest air base, which served as the linchpin of US-led operations in the country for the previous two decades. Two days later, the Taliban seize the key district of Panjwai in Kandahar, the insurgents’ birthplace and former bastion. Video: Afghanistan: Taliban fighters and locals in Pul-e-Khumri (AFP) No compatible source was found for this media. – Iran crossing – On July 9 the Taliban announce the capture of Afghanistan’s biggest border crossing with Iran, Islam Qala. – Airport – Two days later Afghan authorities install an anti-missile system at Kabul airport to counter incoming rockets. On July 14, the insurgents take control of the Spin Boldak border crossing with Pakistan, a key trade route between the two countries. The Taliban claim on July 22 they control 90 percent of Afghanistan’s borders, a figure disputed by the government and impossible to verify. – Capitals fall – In a sharp escalation over the first weekend of August, the Taliban offensive focuses on urban centres, with the insurgents attacking at least three provincial capitals — Lashkar Gah, Kandahar and Herat. The US and Britain say the Taliban may have committed "war crimes", accusing the insurgents of "massacring civilians" in the town of Spin Boldak. Eight people are killed on August 3 in a coordinated Taliban-claimed bomb and gun attack targeting the Afghan defence minister and several lawmakers in Kabul. On August 6, the Taliban shoot dead the head of the Afghan government’s media information centre at a mosque in the capital. 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