‘Drunk’ seagulls have been confusing the RSPCA in Somerset

На британском пляже нашли стаю пьяных чаек

One theory is that the seagulls have been consuming booze left behind on beaches by boozed up revellers, another that they've been swooping in on grain by-products from a local brewery.

An RSPCA centre in West Hatch, near Taunton, has had to treat almost 30 gulls after they were found passed out or staggering around in an alcohol-fuelled haze.

RSPCA vet David Couper urged vets to look out for the signs after he treated a number of the gulls at the charity's West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton.

The Guardian quotes Couper as urging local vets who have gulls coming into their surgeries with similar symptoms to not euthanize them, but rather allow them to recover from their drunken daze and then release them into the wild. RSPCA have had dozens of such cases from the south coast.

Firefighters were called to one gull behaving erratically on a roof before falling off in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

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The charity group has had more than a dozen reports from the south coast, and are urging local breweries, distilleries and alcohol producers to check that their waste can not be accessed by wildlife.

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. "But the birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them so now our vans smell like pubs".

The RSPCA said some of the birds had died, while others went on to recover.

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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