Dozens of 'drunk' seagulls found on South West beaches

Seagulls have been found unconscious and throwing up in the streets of South West England and now RSPCA inspectors is trying to find out how they got the booze. "At first, the birds look like they have botulism but then, after vomiting, most seem to recover".

'Some have been found unconscious or staggering and all were reeking of alcohol, ' said vet David Couper, of the RSPCA centre at West Hatch near Taunton, Somerset.

Seagulls have been nursed back to health after more than a dozen birds were reported to be "drunk" like.

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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.

The theory that they are scavenging alcohol on beaches came after firefighters had to rescue a drunk gull which had fallen off a roof in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

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

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A veterinarian with the animal welfare charity told Sky News a few of the seagulls have died after showing symptoms of intoxication, but many are recovering.

Brewery waste can also be used as a compost and feed, so narrowing down where the seagulls are guzzling the alcohol from is hard. 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 to request assistance.

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