Sunday, 23 September, 2018

'Drunk' seagulls have been confusing the RSPCA in Somerset

Gulls have been arriving at a RSPCA centre smelling of alcohol Gulls have been arriving at a RSPCA centre smelling of alcohol Credit Richard Austin
Samantha Long | 09 July, 2018, 12:29

We've all been there.

Stumbling around after one drink too many may not be just a distinctly human habit.

A United Kingdom animal shelter is overrun with drunken seagulls.

The RSPCA said it has been inundated with a spate of calls regarding the paralytic birds.

"These birds were clearly wearing their beer gog-gulls when they scavenged their meal for the day and they've really been suffering with hangovers after a gulls' night out", animal collection officer Clara Scully said. Either way, they're getting drunk - but it's not necessarily as fun as that sounds.

But Vet David Couper said the mystery was baffling.

"We have had a number of these come through over the last couple of weeks We think they're gaining access to some brewing waste products somewhere".

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Now dozens of seagulls are believed to be scavenging leftover alcohol in Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

"Some of the birds have been found unconscious or staggering and all were reeking of alcohol". They looked awful. Some have been so poorly they've died.

'Possibly from being exposed to high temperatures after falling unconscious.

Another theory is that they could have eaten some grain from a nearby brewery.

'But it's odd because enquiries revealed these by-products should only have trace amounts of alcohol left after it's extracted'.

"We've had birds coming in from across Devon and even a few from Bridport and Lyme Regis, in Dorset". A crew of six firefighters was called to rescue a Seagull, which was very unstable on the roof, but when they arrived, she had already fallen and was sitting on the ground.

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