Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

30 drunken seagulls baffle vets treating them at RSPCA centre

30 drunken seagulls baffle vets treating them at RSPCA centre

Animal rescuers in Britain said they have noted an uptick in calls to rescue "drunk" seagulls that apparently got into brewery waste.

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.

'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. Since then, many birds with the same symptoms have been treated.

"The birds appear disoriented and confused and struggle to stand", he said.

The charity is urging breweries and alcohol producers to make sure their waste is not accessible by wildlife.

"We've had birds coming in from across Devon and even a few from Bridport and Lyme Regis, in Dorset".

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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.

The animal welfare charity has had more than a dozen similar reports from the south coast.

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.

It added that brewery waste can also be used as compost and feed so narrowing down how the gull's are being affected has been hard.

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

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