Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Gulls in Devon and Dorset 'showing signs of drunkenness'

Animal rescue groups in the United Kingdom have reported that they have seen a high number of cases of drunk seagulls in recent weeks.

"At first, the birds look like they have botulism but then, after vomiting, most seem to recover", RSPCA Inspector Jo Daniel told the Press Association.

'Some have been found unconscious or staggering and all were reeking of alcohol, ' said vet David Couper, of the RSPCA centre at West Hatch near Taunton, Somerset.

"The birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them so now our vans smell like pubs!"

Firefighters were called to one gull behaving erratically on a roof before falling off in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

"I'd urge any local vets who see birds coming in with similar symptoms to give them a chance to recover from the effects of the alcohol". RSPCA have had dozens of such cases from the south coast.

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Some have died and others are seriously ill, with the RSPCA saying the birds were probably feeding on waste products from a local brewery or alcohol producer.

Although some birds have succumbed to the alcohol poisoning the RSPCA say numerous birds have been successfully rescued and released back into the wild following their ordeal.

"The birds appear disoriented and confused and strugle to stand". The animal welfare society believes that the birds have been drinking leftovers from a local brewery or alcohol producer.

Another is that the greedy gulls have scoffed grain by-products from a brewery in the area.

Anyone who has any concerns for the welfare of a bird or any animal can contact the RSPCA's 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.

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