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The Sydney Opera House has hired a paw patrol to protect your lunch from pesky seagulls

A port-side lunch beneath the iconic walls of the Sydney Opera House sounds like a very pleasant way to spend your afternoon.

That is until you factor in the swarms of demon seagulls with their incessant squawking and frighteningly bold chip-stealing methods.

That’s why a recent announcement from Sydney Opera House management has the country talking.

In a Facebook post labelled an ‘impawtant pupdate’, staff announced the most adorable of measures will be taken to help combat the seagull problem: management has employed five dogs to patrol the area and ward off any unwanted avian attention.

The paw patrol are led by a team of minders and make for a welcome furry addition to your next Opera House lunch. In the words of a particularly punny Sydney Opera House worker, “They’ll protect your hot chips from crafty gulls, one paw-step at a time.”

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Penny with her handler Natalia (Facebook)

The cute pooch patrol has been on trial during the month of January, and Opera Kitchen general manager Trevelyan Bale says it has been “a huge success”.

“We haven’t had a single meal replacement since the dogs have been on duty, and the patrons love interacting with the dogs,” Bale told Pedestrian TV.

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Cute as pie – Roxy (Facebook)

The friendly pups will be there from 12pm to 4pm for the rest of the month (and then hopefully back again), so head down now for some seagull-free food!

Lead Image: Sydney Opera House via Facebook

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