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Dozens of 'drunk' seagulls found on South West beaches

09 July 2018

A theory is they could be drinking leftover alcohol drinks all around the South West beaches rendering them too drunk to walk - or even fly.

"At first, the birds look like they have botulism (an illness caused by bacteria) but then, after vomiting, most seem to recover".

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.

Officers from the RSPCA in Somerset have received over a dozen calls in connection with the gulls and believe the birds may be accessing the waste from a local alcohol producer or brewery.

The charity is urging breweries and alcohol producers to make sure their waste is not accessible by wildlife.

According to the RSPCA, the calls began in late June and are still coming through, with the most recent occurring in Lyme Regis on Sunday.

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.

RSPCA Inspector Jo Daniel, who has been rescuing the birds with colleagues Clara Scully and Paul Adams along a stretch of coast from Dorset to Devon, said: "The birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them so now our vans smell like pubs".

"Drunken" seagulls were rescued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) after they were found disoriented and confused.

Anyone with concerns for the welfare of a bird or animal can contact the RSPCA's 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999 for advice or assistance.

Dozens of 'drunk' seagulls found on South West beaches