Plea to help more than a dozen 'drunk' gulls along south coast

Plea to help more than a dozen 'drunk' gulls along south coast

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

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.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has received a number of complaints about seemingly drunk seagulls vomiting and failing to walk straight around the beaches of Devon, Dorset and Somerset - and officials from the charity are pinning the blame on local breweries for getting them soused.

Rescue of seagulls began in mid-June and all birds have been showing the same symptoms.

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 theory that they are scavenging alcohol on beaches came after firefighters had to rescue a drunk gull which had fallen off a roof in Lyme Regis, Dorset. "We took some video of one of the birds who is staggering around and losing his balance just like a person would if they'd had too much to drink".

Left scratching their heads to the reasons why staff are concerned the birds have gained access to waste products from local breweries or alcohol producers. RSPCA have had dozens of such cases from the south coast. Can be greedy gulls feeding on waste grain from the brewery in this district.

The RSPCA said some of the birds had died, while others went on to recover.

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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