Kicker – Overweight seagulls

MARY REICHARD, HOST: We’ve all heard the warnings about the dangers of being overweight. 

It’s the same in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. Except officials there are warning about seagulls weighing too much, and it’s the fault of humans. 

Ahmed al-Kooheji is a municipal council president:

AL-KOOHEJI: There are fines. I mean if you leave waste or throw waste outside your house. We really highlighted this issue to everybody and to the officials that we would like this to be stopped as quickly as possible.

As quickly as possible for humans to stop leaving  food out that the seabirds love to gorge themselves on. Especially Bahrain’s national dish called machboos that’s rich in carbs. 

BASHAM: Yeah! Pick up after yourself, as moms everywhere say!

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