A British broadcaster struggled to keep a straight face while reading a report about a new job opportunity that had recently become available at a nearby zoo.
According to the report, a video of which was shared by CNN, the zoo had been having a difficult time keeping seagulls away from patrons — especially when there was food nearby — and they wanted to hire a number of people to dress up as eagles and frighten the pesky gulls away.
UK zoo hiring people to dress up as birds and chase seagulls away https://t.co/jaN3LtSciK pic.twitter.com/fDBG8zmqfC
— CNN (@CNN) May 1, 2023
“If you’re an animal lover and comfortable in a costume, the Blackpool zoo might have a job for you,” the newscaster began. “The animal sanctuary in Lancashire in England needs a seagull deterrent to keep the birds away from food, visitors, and other animals.”
After a brief pause, he asked, “Am I really reading this? And you can see there how you’re asking you to do it — dress up as a giant bird to chase the pesky seagulls away.” On the screen was a photo of a person wearing an inflatable eagle costume.
The broadcaster began to laugh as he continued, “They want to — they want to hire up to five people for this job – are you serious?”
“They even sent a tweet out to James Corden — he hosted his final episode of ‘The Late Late Show’ on Thursday, so the zoo says this new job really will ‘suit’ him,” he concluded with a laugh.
“Hey @JKCorden, we hear you’re headed back to Blighty and are interested in our seagull deterrent position? We think you’d be ace at it if you want to come and give it a go … from what we saw on @latelateshow last night, the costume would really suit you too!” the zoo tweeted at Corden.
Hey @JKCorden, we hear you’re headed back to Blighty and are interested in our seagull deterrent position? We think you’d be ace at it if you want to come and give it a go… from what we saw on @latelateshow last night, the costume would really suit you too! 🦅 pic.twitter.com/6Nu77EX943
— Blackpool Zoo (@BlackpoolZoo) April 28, 2023
The job advertisement seeks candidates who are “visitor focused,” “friendly,” and “outgoing — as you need to be comfortable wearing a bird costume!” Other in-demand skills included being “lively, energetic, fun and, most importantly, an excellent flapper.” The zoo has also warned potential applicants that zoo patrons are likely to approach them and ask to take photos.