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'Drunk' seagulls have been confusing the RSPCA in Somerset

'Drunk' seagulls have been confusing the RSPCA in Somerset

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

An RSPCA centre in West Hatch, near Taunton, has had to treat almost 30 gulls after they were found passed out or staggering around in an alcohol-fuelled haze.

Seagulls have been nursed back to health after more than a dozen birds were reported to be "drunk" like. According to the charity, the birds are reacting in pretty much the same way as humans do when they drink too much.

RSPCA Inspector Jo Daniel, who has been rescuing the birds with colleagues Clara Scully and Paul Adams along a stretch of coast from Dorset to Devon, said: "The birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them so now our vans smell like pubs".

"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".

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Staff at the RSPCA have been left concerned after a string of call-outs and are concerned that the birds have been gaining access to waste products from a local brewery or alcohol producer. The animal welfare society believes that the birds have been drinking leftovers from a local brewery or alcohol producer.

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.

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

As noted by ITV, David Couper, a vet with the RSPCA in Taunton, said they have treated several of the drunken birds.


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