UK News What do you do with a drunken seagull? Birds are left stumbling and 'reeking of alcohol' after drinking from leftover beer cans on British beach... with one even SPEWING on a firefighter who was rescuing it

08:55  06 july  2018
08:55  06 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Drunken seagulls have been taken to RSPCA welfare centres after drinking discarded alcohol on the beach , the charity has warned. The RSPCA centre at West Hatch near Taunton, Somerset, has had nearly 30 drunken birds " reeking of alcohol " in two weeks.

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Seagulls in Lyme Regis have been getting drunk on discarded beer cans and glasses left behind by sun seekers during the recent heatwave © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Seagulls in Lyme Regis have been getting drunk on discarded beer cans and glasses left behind by sun seekers during the recent heatwave Seagulls are getting drunk on discarded alcohol on Britain's beaches, a leading animal charity has warned.

The birds are said to be scavenging leftover booze across the South West, including Dorset, Devon and Somerset.

The RSPCA centre at West Hatch near Taunton in Somerset has had to treat nearly 30 birds passed out and 'reeking of alcohol' in the past fortnight.

a flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water: The RSCPA has been forced to rescue some 30 birds who have been incapable of flying © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The RSCPA has been forced to rescue some 30 birds who have been incapable of flying

One intoxicated bird even spewed on a firefighter who was called to rescue it after members of the public saw it stumbling around on a rooftop.

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Fire fighter Watch Manager in Charge Virgil Turner said: 'When I picked up the gull he immediately threw-up all over me and he reeked of beer.'

Experts have warned that they could be drinking leftover alcohol at beaches rendering them too drunk to walk or fly.

a man smiling for the camera: Dorset firefighter Virgil Turner was covered in seagull puke after he tried to rescue a stricken bird too drunk to fly down from the rooftop of a building © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dorset firefighter Virgil Turner was covered in seagull puke after he tried to rescue a stricken bird too drunk to fly down from the rooftop of a building

They could have also potentially eaten grain by-products from a brewery in the area.

Veterinary nurse David Couper said the situation was 'very unusual'. He said: 'We had a couple of isolated cases last year. But this year there has been a spate of cases with birds from east Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

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'Some of the birds have been found unconscious or staggering and all were reeking of alcohol. They looked terrible.

a flock of seagulls standing next to a body of water: The RSPCA has asked people to be careful with their alcohol to save the wildlife © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The RSPCA has asked people to be careful with their alcohol to save the wildlife

'They all seem to have ingested some sort of grain, possibly from a brewery, that appears to have made them inebriated.

'But it's odd because enquiries revealed these by-products should only have trace amounts of alcohol left after it's extracted.' Other RSPCA officers in the region have collected many birds exhibiting the same symptoms in recent weeks.

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.

a bird sitting on top of a metal fence: The RSPCA took the drunken birds to West Hatch near Taunton to sober up © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The RSPCA took the drunken birds to West Hatch near Taunton to sober up

'The birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them, so now our vans smell like pubs.' The RSPCA received more than a dozen calls about drunken birds from across the south coast.

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The charity is now warning local breweries, distilleries and other alcohol producers to make sure their waste cannot be accessed by wildlife. 

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