I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! cast mates have been warned they could face ‘frightening’ seagull attacks as the ITV show swaps the Australian jungle for a UK castle.
This year’s star-studded line-up will be staying in the ruins of Gwrych Castle in Abergele in North Wales, according to reports, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
And while creepy crawlies will be at bay, it’s been claimed the filming location has been riddled with pesky gulls in recent weeks, with unsuspecting members of the public being ‘mugged’ of their food.
Conwy Council reported that they were getting ‘more and more complaints of gulls mugging people for food’.
They added to The Daily Star ‘in some cases this had led to physical injury.’
And a spokeswoman at nearby Abergele Golf Course also added to the publication: ‘I bought two ice creams and a seagull swooped down and stole one from me. It’s quite frightening.’
One child was left with injuries to his face after a bird grabbed his burger.
Although there’s a risk of seagull attacks, celebrities might have it easier on this year’s I’m A Celebrity thanks to Bushtucker trials potentially being axed due to British animal welfare laws.
The Animal Welfare Act and the Wildlife and Countryside Act will both need to be adhered to by I’m A Celeb, where they specifically ban animals going through any ‘undue suffering.’
In Britain, production companies looking to use animals are also advised to get in touch with the RSCPA and their specialist performing animal team.
A statement on the charity’s site reads: ‘We have a policy against the use of animals in entertainment where distress or suffering is caused or is likely to be caused.’
A spokesperson for the RSPCA told Metro.co.uk: ‘The RSPCA does not endorse the use of animals in any form of entertainment and in particular where this is likely to cause distress or suffering.
‘However, we do feel it’s important to offer advice to those who decide to use animals in entertainment and will always offer further guidance including ways to seek alternatives to animal use.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment.
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! is set to return to ITV later this year.
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