Seagull flies into girl’s face at 75 miles per hour on amusement park ride

Teen was not injured after wild bird landed on her

A seagull lands on a teenager as she and her friend launch on a sling shot ride in New Jersey.
A seagull lands on a teenager as she and her friend launch on a sling shot ride in New Jersey. (Robert Reed, YouTube screenshot)

NEW JERSEY – In a viral video, a teenage girl had more than being launched into the sky to scream about when a seagull landed on her chest.

The teenager, Kiley Holman, 13, and her friend were on the SpringShot ride at Morey’s Piers on Jersey Shore for her friend’s 14th birthday. The video was posted online by Colman’s friend’s dad on July 13.

Holman and her friend, seated next to her, scream before the seagull is in view just as the ride launches. Her friend is unaware of what’s going on with Holman as she briefly struggles with the bird’s wings clutching either side of the ride and its face tucked into her neck.

Against the winds, she manages to lift the bird from her chest and send it flying back into the sky, unharmed.

Colman’s hope of someday catching a seagull landed in a way she didn’t see coming.

“I always wanted to catch a seagull,” she said. “I guess that’s my way of catching it.”

Twitter reacted to the video with laughs, their fear of birds and how they would have handled the situation.

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Raven Jordan is a digital and social intern at KSAT 12. She majored in digital and print journalism at UNT's Mayborn School of Journalism.