Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
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RSPCA baffled by 'drunk' seagulls spotted staggering around smelling of booze

RSPCA baffled by 'drunk' seagulls spotted staggering around smelling of booze

One theory is that the seagulls have been consuming booze left behind on beaches by boozed up revellers, another that they've been swooping in on grain by-products from a local brewery.

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.

Seagulls have been nursed back to health after more than a dozen birds were reported to be "drunk" like. "But the birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them so now our vans smell like pubs".

"This year there has been a spate of cases with birds from east Devon, Dorset and Somerset".

However, the charity is urging local alcohol producers, distilleries and breweries to ensure their waste is secure and that it can not be consumed by wildlife.

"Drunken" seagulls were rescued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) after they were found disoriented and confused.


The charity described the effect on the birds as similar to how a human would react to excessive alcohol.

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

The way so many gulls are getting inebriated, some even dying from their excesses, has today seen the RSPCA urging the drinks industry to ensure it disposes of brewery waste well away from wildlife.

Brewery waste can also be used as a compost and feed, so narrowing down where the seagulls are guzzling the alcohol from is hard.

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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