Seagulls Are Getting Drunk And Making Fools Of Themselves

Maricruz Casares
Julio 7, 2018

One distinctive smell provided the clue to why the gulls looked legless.

"We have had a number of these come through over the last couple of weeks We think they're gaining access to some brewing waste products somewhere".

Jo Daniel, an RSPCA inspector, told The Times: 'At first, the birds look like they have botulism [illness caused by bacteria] but then, after vomiting, most seem to recover.

Formic acid squited by the ants as a defence mechanism can play havoc with gulls' digestive systems, leaving them looking as if they are suffering from too much alcohol intake.

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

Mr Couper, who has treated the birds at an RSPCA centre in Taunton in Somerset, added: "Sadly, a few of the birds have died but a lot of them have made good recoveries and have been released after a few days in our care".

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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".

It's a glorious sunny day and you decide to nip to pub for a quick weekend pint and you end up staying for not just one or two pints, not four or five, but until you're so pissed that you barely know your name or where you live and it's not even early evening and the sun's still up but you're yakking your guts up and it's impossible to even stand up for more than a few seconds at a time, let alone walk in a straight line.

Tracking down the source is proving hard but local breweries and distilleries after being urged to check the leftovers from their production process and ensure it can not be accessed by birds and wildlife.

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.

One bird was rescued in Lyme Regis, Dorset, after drinking alcohol left on a beach.

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