Drunk seagulls taken to RSPCA centres after 'drinking discarded alcohol on beach'

09 July, 2018, 12:27 | Author: Kara Nash
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Jo Daniel, an inspector with the RSPCA in Somerset, said at first they believed the gulls were suffering from botulism, but they discovered that after the birds vomited, they seemed to be fine.

Other sources report that the seagulls' weird behaviour could be nothing to do with alcohol, but instead the consumption of flying ants which produce formic acid, a substance that "stupefies" the birds.

The Guardian quotes Couper as urging local vets who have gulls coming into their surgeries with similar symptoms to not euthanize them, but rather allow them to recover from their drunken daze and then release them into the wild.

The animal welfare charity is now concerned that the birds are getting access to waste products from a local brewery or alcohol producer.

The birds have come in from Dawlish, Exeter and Sidmouth in Devon to Bridport and Lyme Regis in Dorset.

The RSPCA have said they have treated a number of birds in recent weeks and they have even obtained some footage displaying the birds erratic behaviour. RSPCA have had dozens of such cases from the south coast.


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.

He 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".

Some of the birds were found unconscious, and from them smelled of alcohol.

"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".

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

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