Gabi Mann’s parents are allegedly scattering enormous amounts of food all over their property

By Alex Heigl
Updated August 14, 2015 06:00 PM

Do you remember the story of Gabi Mann, and 8-year-old in Seattle who, has since the age of four, a curiously close relationship with the neighborhood’s crow population?

The crows, in exchange for food, bring Mann all manner of crow treasures, like earrings, bolts paperclips and shiny rocks. Much of the Internet was riveted by Mann’s tale, but the real story appears to be much less whimsical.

Reuters (via RawStory) is now reporting that a lawsuit filed by the Mann’s neighbors alleges that Gabi’s parents are running a fully-staffed feeding operation behind their Portage Bay home, which attracts not only Gabi’s beloved murder of crows, but seagulls, pigeons and even rats, all of which leave behind “dirt, feathers, peanut particles and shells, feces and urine on the surrounding properties.”

“No one wants to be trapped living inside an Alfred Hitchcock horror movie,” noted attorney Anna Johnsen in a Seattle Pi article, possibly referencing Psycho or maybe Rope, Hitchcock’s famous single-take study in close-quarters tension and anxiety. “This is a residential neighborhood that was not designed to host a large-scale wildlife feeding operation.”

What’s going unexplained in this story is to what end the Mann’s are allegedly depositing enormous amounts of food behind around their property. Is this all to impress the BBC, who originally reported the story? Is this to keep the crows happy, lest they descend on the house in a vengeful whirlwind of chitinous beaks and gossamer black feathers?

Mann family, you can tell us. Are you okay? Are you being held hostage? What’s going on?