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RSPCA responds to number of 'drunk' seagull callouts across East Devon

Gulls have been arriving at a RSPCA centre smelling of alcohol Gulls have been arriving at a RSPCA centre smelling of alcohol Credit Richard Austin
Gustavo Carr | 09 July, 2018, 12:27

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

In one of the centers in the West under the Hatch Taunton, Somerset, for two weeks, found nearly 30 birds drunk, smelling of alcohol, reports the Chronicle.info with reference on Voice.

RSPCA officers Jo Daniel, Clara Scully and Paul Adams have collected several seagulls with the same symptoms in recent weeks.

RSPCA vet David Couper has treated a number of the birds as they arrived at the charity's West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset. The RSPCA says the seagulls were likely feeding on waste products from a local brewery or alcohol producer.

He said they have had gulls coming in from all over Devon as well as Lyme Regis and Bridport in Dorset.

The charity group has had more than a dozen reports from the south coast, and are urging local breweries, distilleries and alcohol producers to check that their waste can not be accessed by wildlife.

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Animal rescuers have been collecting the gulls along the South Coast, fearing, at first, the birds had succumbed to the deadly bacterial disease, botulism.

He said that the birds "looked terrible" while others had been "so poorly they died".

"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 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.

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

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.