RSPCA rescues over a dozen drunk gulls

Gulls have been arriving at a RSPCA centre smelling of alcohol

Gulls have been arriving at a RSPCA centre smelling of alcohol

In theory, they can drink the remaining alcoholic beverages throughout the South-West coast, which makes them too drunk to walk or even fly.

RSPCA officer Jo Daniel told the BBC that, at first, the seagulls look like they have botulism, a weakening of the muscles caused by a toxin that attacks the body's nervous system.

Officials from an RSPCA centre in West Hatch, Taunton, Somerset, said the birds struggled to stand, but seemed to recover after vomiting.

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

Mr Couper, who has treated the birds at an RSPCA centre in Taunton in Somerset, added: "Sadly, a few of the birds have died but majority have made good recoveries and have been released after a few days in our care". The RSPCA says the seagulls were likely feeding on waste products from a local brewery or alcohol producer.

One bird was rescued in Lyme Regis, Dorset, after drinking alcohol left on a beach.


The charity theorises that the birds are scavenging alcohol from a local brewery.

"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".

The vet said: "Sadly, a few of the birds have died but a lot of them have made good recoveries and have been released after a few days in our care".

It is also thought possible that the gulls have scoffed grain by-products from a brewery in the area.

Several birds who reportedly stunk of alcohol have been brought into multiple RSPCA centers for treatment and were released after a few days of care.

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