Drunk seagulls taken to RSPCA centres after 'drinking discarded alcohol on beach'

Dozens of drunk seagulls have been found on beaches in Southwest England after scavenging alcohol, according to news reports.

"At first, the birds look like they have botulism but then, after vomiting, most seem to recover", she said.

Other sources report that the seagulls' freakish 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.

RSPCA vet David Couper has treated a number of the birds as they arrived at the charity's West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset.

They're not sure what exactly has caused the birds to appear "drunk", but they suspect the birds might be getting into waste from nearby breweries, the BBC reported.

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

The charity is urging local alcohol producers, distilleries and breweries to check their waste is secure and that it can not be accessed by wildlife.

"But this year there has been a spate of cases with birds from east Devon, Dorset and Somerset". Animal welfare experts, think that the birds' inebriated state may be the result of feeding on brewery waste.

Couper said that sadly some of the birds did die, but most have made a good recovery and have been released back into the wild after a few days. Daniel did say the gulls they collected stank of alcohol and that their vans now smell pretty much like the local pubs.

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.

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