Animal charity receives dozens of calls about 'drunk' seagulls

Gulls have been arriving at a RSPCA centre smelling of alcohol

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

"At first the birds look like they have botulism but then, after vomiting, most seem to recover", RSPCA officer Jo Daniel told multiple news outlets.

One RSPCA centre in West Hatch near Taunton, Somerset has reportedly had to deal with nearly 30 paralytic birds in a two week period, some of which have even been puking from excessive alcohol consumption.

"The birds appear disoriented and confused and struggle to stand", explained RSPCA vet David Couper.

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

The group is asking area breweries, distilleries and other alcohol producers to ensure any leftover waste is kept out of reach of birds and other wildlife, the Somerset County Gazette reported. RSPCA have had dozens of such cases from the south coast.

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"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".

Couper said that sadly some of the birds did die, but most have made a good recovery and have been released back into the wild after a few days.

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

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.

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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