Nature is a beautiful yet cruel thing.

The things that animals do by pure instinct in order to survive is truly astonishing, and it's important to leave these creatures to their instincts and to not interfere by any means.

But when it comes to our beloved pets, however...

Wildlife and domesticated pets do not always go hand in hand, and, more than often, tragedy can strike at the hands of mother nature when the two come into contact.

A woman in the U.K. recently felt the pain of losing her beloved pet to the unabashed wildlife in her local area. Keep scrolling to hear more about the shocking story...

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes.

This ranges from the Great Dane to the Teacup Chihuahua - the selection of domesticated dogs is endless.

Smaller dogs are very popular breeds for family pets.

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Small dogs such as Chihuahuas are popular for their tiny size and, of course, because they're so damn cute!

Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog.

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But, despite their popularity, these tiny dogs probably require the most maintenance - and that does not involve carrying them around in a Gucci handbag...

Chihuahuas aren't the easiest of pooches to care for...

It has been found that these tiny dogs aren't always ideal for a family environment due to the fact that they struggle with housetraining, and they have even been found to not be compatible with children. Then comes the issue of their size...

Their sizes do not often play in their favor...

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These little pups have a height that ranges between 6 - 9 inches; this can often make them potential prey for local predators, such as big birds and other larger dogs. Chihuahuas are also known to be nervous and easily agitated dogs that can often snap unprovoked, which makes them unsuitable companions for children.

An unfortunate Chihuahua in England recently fell victim to an unlikely predator...

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Becca Hill, from Devon in the U.K., is the proud owner of 4-year-old Gizmo, a brown and white Chihuahua.

The unimaginable happened when she took her eye off her pooch for just a minute...

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Speaking to Devon Live, Becca described the moment over the weekend when she left Gizmo in the back yard unattended for a mere few minutes when he vanished - in the beak of a nearby seagull.

Seagulls are known for their antisocial and courageous hunting behavior...

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Gulls will eat pretty much anything and will go to extreme lengths to get their dinner - including taking food from the hands of us humans while we're trying to enjoy our lunch! But in this horrific case, Gizmo proved a suitable candidate for feeding time for one particular gull.

They have no idea where Gizmo is now...

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"My partner was in the garden putting the washing out at the time and suddenly he saw it swoop down. It carried Gizmo far way as we couldn't see him anymore. I have no idea if he was dropped or where he is now," Becca told the local news team.

A desperate bid on social media...

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According to Devon Live, Becca posted a desperate message on social media saying: "Please, please, please, anyone finds a chihuahua he's mine a seagull has took him from my garden."

The dog-mom is clearly extremely distressed...

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"Bottom of Maridon Road, Paignton. Have a really upset 6 year old missing her dog," she continued to write over social media, explaining that her 6-year-old is also devastated at the loss of their family pet.

A search has been conducted...

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The search was launched yesterday, which involved locals handing out leaflets and flyers in the area.

This sadly isn't the first time that this has happened...

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There have been several recorded incidents of seagulls snatching up small dogs in the UK. In May 2015, another Devon dog owner, Nikki Wayne, lost her Chihuahua puppy to a flock of seagulls.

A traumatizing event...

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Nikki found the flock of birds pecking at her puppy, who was named Bella, in her back yard after she had managed to get out of the back door. Poor Bella was ultimately killed by the birds.

Nikki issued words of warning after losing her puppy...

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She warned residents and local dog owners in the area to remain vigilant with their dogs when it comes to seagulls. Devon is a seaside town, which means that it has an extremely high population of gulls, so owners of smaller dogs - or even cats - must ensure that their pets are supervised when outside.

Seagull experts have had their say...

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Peter Rock, an ornithologist at the University of Bristol and seagull expert spoke to The Telegraph about the risks of seagulls around small family pets.

Gulls are on the larger spectrum of bird...

"These gulls are very large and as you know, if you've been around gulls, you'll know they're very large and are quite capable of picking up small animals, quite commonly they will kill pigeons that look a little bit under the weather," he said.

And they have a vicious streak...

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He said that he has seen gulls rip the innards out of fully-grown mallards and that small dogs could be at risk. Rock added: "If you have a very tiny little dog I suggest you don't let it run around on your garden as it might well become a meal. It would have to be very tiny like this one was."

This behavior is rare, apparently...

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According to the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) stated that "these types of incidents are very rare and are not typical gull behavior."

Dog owners should take caution...

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Despite experts stating that this behavior is rare in gulls, it is super important to take care of little animals such as small breeds of dogs and cats when letting them roam in the back yard. Large birds will grab anything that they can in order to eat well, and that sadly includes our beloved family pets - so ensure that your puppy or kitten is safely kept indoors or supervised when outside!