On a British beach found a flock of drunk seagulls

Gulls have been arriving at a RSPCA centre smelling of alcohol

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.

RSCPA officer Jo Daniel said: "We think they're gaining access to some brewing waste products somewhere. the birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them so now our vans smell like pubs!"

David Couper, an RSPCA vet who has treated a number of gulls at the charity's West Hatch centre in Taunton, Somerset, said: "Sadly a few of the birds have died but majority 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.

Mr Couper, who has treated the birds at an RSPCA centre in Taunton in Somerset, added: "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".

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Officers from the RSPCA in Somerset have received over a dozen calls in connection with the gulls and believe the birds may be accessing the waste from a local alcohol producer or brewery.

"The birds appear disoriented and confused and struggle to stand", he said. The RSPCA is now contacting the local distilleries, breweries and other alcohol producers to ask them to ensure their alcohol-laced waste is placed in a secure place, out of reach of birds or wildlife.

One bird was rescued at Lyme Regis, Dorset, after he drank alcohol on the beach.

He said: "Sadly, a few of the birds have died but majority have made good recoveries and have been released after a few days in our care". It advised vets coming across gulls with beer symptoms to give them a chance to sleep it off.

It is also thought possible that the gulls have scoffed grain by-products from a brewery in the area.

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