JUN 22, 2016 11:21 AM PDT

Why is This Seagull Orange?

Seagulls; when you think of them, you probably think of those loud squawking white and gray birds that you see near beaches and other water sources, but there was one case in England where a seagull could have been seen in a color you just wouldn’t have expected: orange.
 
Of course, it wasn’t a natural occurrence that caused this, instead the bird was just hanging out in the alley of a food factory Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. It turns out that the bird found itself a tasty treat inside of a vat of chicken tikka masala that was sitting outside of the food factory, and in the middle of munching on it, the bird actually fell into the vat.
 
The end result was that the curry had actually died its feathers orange around the seagull’s body, giving it this weird bright appearance you wouldn’t see anywhere else in the world.
 

A bird turned orange after falling into a vat of curry in England.

 Image Credit: Vale wildlife hospital/PA

You can bet that unlike most, this seagull probably smelled good after the accident.

Nearby, Vale Wildlife Hospital received a phone call about the orange bird and they immediately came down the road to give the bird a hand. They scrubbed it down real good with some soap and got most of the color out of the bird’s feathers.
 
“I’ve been a veterinary nurse for 25 years and I have never seen this happen before," said Lucy Kells from the Vale Wildlife Hospital. ““He cleaned up surprisingly well at the hospital, we used washing-up liquid a few times.”
 
Regarding the health of the bird, it seems he’s fine, but he’s a bit on the skinny side. The hospital is currently tending to the patient bird by feeding it bits of dog and cat food, as well as some bits of fish that the hospital had in storage.

“He is a bit skinny so we are building his strength up a bit,” Kells continued. “I guess that’s why he was trying to get a piece of meat from the vat and fell in.”

The bird hasn’t been re-released into the wild just yet. It will soon reportedly be sent over to an aviary where the bird’s feathers will get a much-needed waterproofing treatment, and then it will be able to fly in the wild winds once again.
 


Source: The Guardian

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
OCT 23, 2019
Plants & Animals
OCT 23, 2019
Squirrels Feel Safer When Birds Are Chirping in the Background
When you go for a walk at the local city park, you’re likely to see a high number of gray squirrels crawling in and out of trees. In some high-traffi...
OCT 23, 2019
Technology
OCT 23, 2019
Artificial Compound Eye Improves 3D Object Tracking
Flies are fast-reacting creatures and can sense movement quickly. Researchers have now used flies as their inspiration by developing an artificial insect i...
OCT 23, 2019
Neuroscience
OCT 23, 2019
Why are Some Memories Stronger than Others?
Why is that you remember the name of your childhood best friend, but you struggle to recall the name of the person you just met- even if they told you it j...
OCT 23, 2019
Drug Discovery & Development
OCT 23, 2019
Triple Drug Combo Extends Fruit Fly Lifespan
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) suggests that a triple drug combination can extend the lifespan of a fruit ...
OCT 23, 2019
Plants & Animals
OCT 23, 2019
Watch An Ant Colony Attack This Crab Like a Bunch of Savages
Ants have a particularly striking reputation for being somewhat relentless, and as it would seem, such a reputation doesn’t fetter even when the anim...
OCT 23, 2019
Health & Medicine
OCT 23, 2019
Medical Marijuana Allowed in California K-12 Schools
Gavin Newson, the governor of California and the leading 2016 proponent of the recreational pot legalization initiative Proposition 64, signed a bill on We...
Loading Comments...