Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Witnesses dispute window washer's claims

A Boston window washer claimed that gulls attacked him while he was working, and in self-defense, he swung a broom and killed a gull. A few folks didn't believe him, including the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which arrested him on charges of animal cruelty, which is a felony. The defendant pled not guilty.

Workers in a nearby office building observed the incident, and one shared her version of events.
Sarah, a witness who spoke on condition that her last name not be used, works in a cubicle overlooking the Devonshire Street rooftop where the sea gulls built their nest as she and her co-workers kept a daily vigil at the window.

She called Guay’s self-defense claim “absolute crap.”

“He deliberately walked over to the nest and began to beat them,” said Sarah. “He was batting at them, swinging and missing quite a bit. When he swung, he completely hit her and she flew. It was not a nice, gentle, get-out-of-the-way swing.”

For six weeks, she said, she and other employees watched as the pair of sea gulls built a nest for their family. Two of their eggs hatched Thursday, and the workers hung out a “congratulations” sign and another urging window washers to be careful of the gull babies.

Guay told the Herald he fended off three birds all day Friday while washing windows. He said he didn’t mean to kill the bird and said he used a broom stick. Sarah said the gulls had swooped down toward the window washers Friday only when they came near their nest. Guay went after them with a three-foot-long pipe, she said.

So here's my question: What's the status of the nest and the chicks?

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