United Kingdom animal shelter overrun with drunk seagulls

United Kingdom animal shelter overrun with drunk seagulls

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.

RSPCA officer Jo Daniel told the BBC that, at first, the seagulls look like they have botulism, a weakening of the muscles caused by a toxin that attacks the body's nervous system.

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.

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.

The theory that they are scavenging alcohol on beaches came after firefighters had to rescue a drunk gull which had fallen off a roof in Lyme Regis, Dorset. RSPCA have had dozens of such cases from the south coast.

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Anyone with concerns for a bird or animal should contact their local vet or get in touch with the RSPCA's 24-hour hotline on 0300 1234 999.

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.

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.

"I'd like to urge any local vets who see birds coming in with similar symptoms not to euthanize them but to give them a chance to recover from the effects of the alcohol".

He added: "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".

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