Gulls in Devon and Dorset 'showing signs of drunkenness'

Grant Boone
July 9, 2018

A number seagulls have been found drunk on beaches across the South West of England.

"At first, the birds look like they have botulism (an illness caused by bacteria) but then, after vomiting, most seem to recover", said RSPCA Inspector Jo Daniel, one of the officers responding to the calls.

The RSPCA centre at West Hatch near Taunton, Somerset, has had almost 30 drunken birds "reeking of alcohol" in two weeks.

Seagulls have been nursed back to health after more than a dozen birds were reported to be "drunk" like.

RSPCA vet David Couper has treated a number of the birds as they arrived at the charity's West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset.

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The RSPCA say they've had several call-outs to pick-up these boozy birds, who appear "disoriented, confused and unable to stand".

Couper said that the birds were brought after being found in on beaches across Devon, and a few from Bridport and Lyme Regis in Dorset.

"I'd like to urge any local vets who see birds coming in with similar symptoms not to euthanize them but to give them a chance to recover from the effects of the alcohol".

Some of the birds have even died from suspected hangovers and now the RSPCA is urging local breweries to secure their waste for fear of turning anymore seagulls into boozehounds.

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. Animal welfare experts, think that the birds' inebriated state may be the result of feeding on brewery waste.

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