This sea gull just fell in a vat of curry
Orange you glad you’re not covered in curry too?
This seagull, looking here like a TOWIE extra, was rescued from a vat of waste chicken BEAK-ka masala sauce which had been cooling down outside a factory in Wales on Monday.
According to witnesses it was perched on the edge fishing pieces of meat out of the sauce when it slipped and fell into the vat. The gull who has been nicknamed “Gullfrezi” (like Jalfrezi, get it), came out looking tangoed but otherwise unharmed, before factory workers called the Vale Wildlife Centre in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire to help wash him off.
“He was in a waste vat of chicken tikka masala,” veterinary nurse Lucy Kells said.
“They had found him after he had fallen in. They grabbed him out and then the rescuer brought him to us.
“He was bright orange. We have had wildlife covered in cooking fat and glue, but we have never had one covered in curry before.”
The bird was discovered at an undisclosed curry factory in Wales.
“Half the staff thought he smelled fantastic and half thought he smelled awful,” Lucy said.
“It was really quite easy to get him clean. Once we had got all the chicken tikka off him he was looking quite nice.”
The bird was uninjured, you could say that his future was bright (his future's Orange).
“He was just a bit embarrassed,” Lucy, of Tewkesbury’s Vale Wildlife Hospital, said.
“He does not like spicy food any more. The vat was outside and normally covered because it was waste, but for some reason it was not.
“We think he was fishing out chicken and fell in. He would normally have been able to take off from water but the curry was too thick and gloopy.
“He would have drowned had they not found him in there.”
The bird has been at the animal hospital recovering since he was plucked from danger on Monday.
He will remain with the charity until the natural oils in his feathers have recovered.
“He has been okay up to now though, so maybe he has a strong stomach. Gulls eat all sorts of things, but I expect this one has probably been put off curry now.
'The main worry when a gull has been coated in a substance is that they are no longer waterproof, so we give them plenty of time here to recover.”
“He was easy to clean because he had not been in there long so the turmeric had not had time to stain the feathers too badly,” Lucy said.
She said this was definitely the strangest animal incident she’d treated at the centre.
“When he came in you wanted to feel sorry and concerned but he was making everyone’s belly rumble,” Lucy said.
“It was the weirdest thing we have dealt with here.”
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