RSPCA rescues over a dozen drunk gulls

So-called "drunk" seagulls who spell of alcohol and throw up in the street are causing problems and confusion with animal welfare staff. Jo Daniel, an RSPCA officer, said "the birds absolutely stink of alcohol" when they spotted them at the beaches in Southern England.

Around 30 birds have been taken into the RSPCA centre at West Hatch, in Somerset because they are too drunk to fly or walk.

The charity is urging local alcohol producers, distilleries and breweries to check their waste is secure and that it can not be accessed by wildlife.

According to the RSPCA, the calls began in late June and are still coming through, with the most recent occurring in Lyme Regis on Sunday.

As noted by ITV, David Couper, a vet with the RSPCA in Taunton, said they have treated several of the drunken birds.

The charity is urging local breweries, distilleries and alcohol producers to check that their waste is secure and can not be accessed by wildlife or birds.

Animal rescuers have been collecting the gulls along the South Coast, fearing, at first, the birds had succumbed to the deadly bacterial disease, botulism.

Couper said that sadly some of the birds did die, but most have made a good recovery and have been released back into the wild after a few days.

It added that brewery waste can also be used as compost and feed so narrowing down how the gull's are being affected has been hard.

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.