Animals

These Vets Treated An Exotic-Looking Bird That Turned Out To Be A Seagull Covered In Curry

Whoa. How did that happen?!

When some people in England came across a bright orange bird on July 1, they assumed it must be an especially exotic animal. The bird was injured and unable to fly, so they took it to the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital to be treated.

When the veterinarians first heard about the unusually-colored bird, they weren’t sure what to make of it. They took to Facebook to share some photos of the avian, and in the caption, they explained that upon closer inspection, the bird was not actually orange. Rather, it had somehow become covered in curry or turmeric:

“This is one of the strangest casualty circumstances we have seen in a while!” they wrote. “This bright-orange herring gull was rescued by kind members of the public who spotted him at the side of the A41. When they called to say they had picked up an orange bird, we had no idea what to expect – and would have never guessed at this!”

“He had somehow gotten himself covered in curry or turmeric!” they explained. “It was all over his feathers, preventing him from flying properly. We have no idea how he got into this predicament and thankfully, apart from the vibrant colour and pungent smell, he was healthy.”

They went on to explain that the seagull, now named Vinny after a Vindaloo curry, was as good as new once he was bathed and would be released soon.

In a post-bath photo, Vinny is back to being a white gull, though he still has a tinge of orange.

“As we say, we never know what will come through our doors next!” they wrote.

Though this sounds like a one-time situation, a similar incident occurred back in 2016 when a seagull fell into a vat of tikka masala. The gull was trying to snag a bite to eat from a food factory bin when he fell in.

While no one knows how Vinny got into the spice cabinet, we’re glad that all’s well that ends well!