Only thing seagulls like more than food? The food in your hands

In song, Bruce Springsteen once pleaded for “a little of that human touch.” In nature, seagulls seem to be longing for the same. A new study of animal behavior found that when presented with two identical blueberry granola bars, seagulls were four times as likely to reach for the one that they had observed the lead researcher handling with her hands. This may suggest that seagulls rely on human cues to find sustenance, writes Kat Eschner in Popular Science. It should also provoke us to consider how to coexist with nature. As the Boss once sang: “We’re all riders on this train”—a train called LIFE.

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