Seagulls Are Getting Drunk And Making Fools Of Themselves

Seagulls Are Getting Drunk And Making Fools Of Themselves

How the seagulls got drunk is unknown, but one theory suggests they could have got stuck into some alcohol that was left on a beach.

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.

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.

Other sources report that the seagulls' freaky behaviour could be nothing to do with alcohol, but instead the consumption of flying ants which produce formic acid, a substance that "stupefies" the birds. 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.

Vet David Couper said: "The birds appear disorientated and confused and struggle to stand". "But the birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them so now our vans smell like pubs".

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

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.

The Guardian quotes Couper as urging local vets who have gulls coming into their surgeries with similar symptoms to not euthanize them, but rather allow them to recover from their drunken daze and then release them into the wild.

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

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