Are UK gulls drunk?

Henrietta Strickland
July 9, 2018

SEAGULLS have been found staggering along Britain's beaches - because they have drunk so much alcohol.

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.

Some of the birds were found unconscious, and from them smelled of alcohol. The RSPCA is now contacting the local distilleries, breweries and other alcohol producers to ask them to ensure their alcohol-laced waste is placed in a secure place, out of reach of birds or wildlife.

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

The charity is urging local alcohol producers, distilleries and breweries to check their waste is secure and that it can not be accessed by wildlife.

Firefighters were called to one gull behaving erratically on a roof before falling off in Lyme Regis, Dorset. He added saying, "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".

David Cooper - who is a vet at the animal welfare charity - said the seagulls appeared "disoriented" and "confused". Can be greedy gulls feeding on waste grain from the brewery in this district.

Although some birds have succumbed to the alcohol poisoning the RSPCA say numerous birds have been successfully rescued and released back into the wild following their ordeal.

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