Mysterious bird turned out to be a seagull

A splendid yellow bird that was brought to a wildlife sanctuary when it was found by the side of a bustling street was actually a herring gull covered in tumeric.

Posted by Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital on Monday, July 1, 2019

The bird had fallen into curry water and couldn’t fly when it was found alongside the A41 and got to Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Haddenham, Aylesbury. Despite a ‘sharp smell’ and ‘lively shading’ the herring gull was healthy and soon recovered its natural coloring after a bath.

The picture posted with a title: This is one of the strangest casualty circumstances we have seen in a while! 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 never have guessed at this!

Posted by Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital on Monday, July 1, 2019

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

Posted by Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital on Monday, July 1, 2019

Our veterinary team bravely bathed the gull (now named Vinny after a Vindaloo curry) to clean off his feathers. He managed to cover them in curry water, but eventually did let us scrub him clean.

Posted by Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital on Monday, July 1, 2019

He is now looking much better and should be able to go for release very soon! As we say, we never know what will come through our doors next! Huge thanks to the lovely finders who stopped to rescue him.