Drunk gulls found ‘stinking of alcohol’

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Drunk gulls have trouble standing but most recover after vomiting

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

RSPCA vet David Couper, who has treated a number of gulls, said: "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".

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.

Couper told the Somerset County Gazette that the RSPCA has treated a number of drunk seagulls from across the English county of Devon and some from the neighboring county of Dorset.

Left scratching their heads to the reasons why staff are concerned the birds have gained access to waste products from local breweries or alcohol producers.

The animal welfare charity has had more than a dozen similar reports from the south coast.

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"The birds appear disoriented and confused and struggle to stand", he said.

There was one instance of a bird who had consumed too much alcohol that had been left on a beach in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

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.

He believes that instead, the birds are somehow managing to get hold of the by-products produced by a local brewery. Can be greedy gulls feeding on waste grain from the brewery in this district.

Some of the birds were found unconscious, and from them smelled of alcohol.

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