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Boy Wins International Seagull Screeching Competition

A nine-year-old Brit has won an international seagull screeching championship for his "uncanny" impression of the noisy seabirds.

Cooper Wallace, winner of seagull screeching contest
Cooper Wallace and his sister | Family photo

Much like Peter Parker became Spider-Man after being bitten by a spider, Cooper Wallace, was inspired to become 'Seagull Boy' after being nipped by one at the seaside. And he soared to victory last week after travelling to Belgium to compete in the EC Gull Screeching contest.

Cooper's mum, Lauren, said it was initially annoying when he started doing seagull impressions, but then they realised he was really good at it. "People would start to turn around and look for the seagull," she told BBC News. The family heard about the competition from a random man who overheard Cooper doing impressions at a soft-play centre and suggested Cooper could compete.

So, off to Belgium the family went. Cooper took his lucky mascot with him - a small model seagull which he calls Stephen and spells with a "ph", but his parents call it Steven Seagull, like the actor Steven Seagal.

Competitors donned bird costumes for the event, but the judging was a "serious business", said marine biologist Jan Seys, adding: "In fact, for me, he was not only the best of the young participants, but of all those who took part in the championship."

Jan Seys and his fellow judges awarded Cooper 92 out of a possible 100 points.


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