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Plea to help more than a dozen 'drunk' gulls along south coast

Patty Aguilar | 09 July, 2018, 13:11

In theory, they can drink the remaining alcoholic beverages throughout the South-West coast, which makes them too drunk to walk or even fly.

The RSPCA centre at West Hatch near Taunton, Somerset, has had almost 30 drunken birds "reeking of alcohol" in two weeks.

Rescue of seagulls began in mid-June and all birds have been showing the same symptoms.

RSPCA vet David Couper urged vets to look out for the signs after he treated a number of the gulls at the charity's West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton.

"The birds appear disoriented and confused and struggle to stand", he said.

Staff at the RSPCA have been left concerned after a string of call-outs and are concerned that the birds have been gaining access to waste products from a local brewery or alcohol producer.

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

He said they have had gulls coming in from all over Devon as well as Lyme Regis and Bridport in Dorset. Daniel did say the gulls they collected stank of alcohol and that their vans now smell pretty much like the local pubs.

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

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.

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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